Silicon Valley start-up Chegg.com rents textbooks to students for only the time they need them. The books are then returned via UPS free of charge. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig about the company's sustainable business model, a new brick-and-mortar retail partnership, and its plans for the future.
Chegg: A 'green' alternative to buying college textbooks
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Silicon Valley start-up Chegg.com rents textbooks to students for only the time they need them. The books are then returned via UPS free of charge. S...
Apr 11, 2011
Hardly a green solution when there are dozens of inexpensive Tablet Computers that the textbook content could be ported to for the school year or semester and the content could be updated instantly and inexpensively. The previous poster's are completely on target. well said.
Here we are at the dawn of the tablet computer era that will eliminate heavy, expensive, less than "green" textbooks. I heard Rosensweig mention the transition to digital at the end of his comments, but why even continue to promote physical textbooks through renting them? An iPad costs less than the first year of a university student's books, and it is interactive, multi- purpose, and can be updated when information changes. Surely the authors and editors of the textbooks could be paid the same, while the publishers, distributors and bookstores (which represent most of the cost) could be eliminated. And why continue to prop up the school bookstores? They are just a "good old boy" network that makes profit for the schools at the (great) expense of the students (not against profit, but I am against waste).
I completely agree and I can't understand why we aren't already working on making it happen. I don't think we should focus just on college either, can you imagine how much money schools would save if the transitioned from paper to digital?