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  • Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

    Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

    Rafter, a new edtech company formed from the rebranding of popular textbook rental service (and Chegg competitor) BookRenter, announced its first-ever strategic acquisition this morning. The lucky acquiree? HubEdu: A young, San Diego-based startup that provides universities with a suite of analytics, tracking and price comparison tools to help them increase their revenue and make course… Read More

  • Textbook Rental Site BookRenter Spawns Rafter, A Course Materials Management Network For Colleges

    Textbook Rental Site BookRenter Spawns Rafter, A Course Materials Management Network For Colleges

    College textbook rental startup BookRenter is announcing an interesting new venture today, pivoting slightly from the singular focus on rentals to a broader market. Rafter is launching as a network of software services which basically allows college administrators and educators to better control cost and manage course materials and products for their students. BookRenter will continue to… Read More

  • BookRenter Raises $40 Million To Take On Chegg In Textbook Rentals

    BookRenter Raises $40 Million To Take On Chegg In Textbook Rentals

    College textbook rental startup BookRenter has raised $40 million in funding from Adams Capital Management, Comerica Bank, Focus Ventures, Lighthouse Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and Storm Ventures. This brings BookRenter’s total funding to $60 million. Similar to Chegg, Bookrenter wants to be the Netflix of textbook rentals. By renting textbooks, Students are able to… Read More

  • Textbook Rentals Go Into Hypergrowth: Bookrenter Says Revenues Are Growing 725 Percent

    The textbook rental market is heating up as school season gets in full swing. Chegg recently made its first acquisition of CourseRank, and Barnes and Noble is also playing in the space. College textbook rental startup BookRenter is also taking part in this growing market, reporting 725 percent growth in revenue from textbook rentals since last September. The company says that revenue is… Read More

  • BookRenter Raises $10 Million To Be The Netflix For Textbook Rentals

    Textbooks are an incredibly expensive investment. And the majority of the time, you only need the textbook for a short duration. College textbook rental startup BookRenter is trying to make the process of buying textbooks more affordable by loaning books to students for a fixed duration. And today, the company is announcing that it received $10 million in a Series B financing round led by… Read More

  • BookRenter Adds Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph To Its Board Of Directors

    Marc Randolph, co-founder and former CEO of Netflix, is joining the board of directors of textbook rental service BookRenter.com. That’s a big score for venture-backed BookRenter, considering Randolph’s consumer ecommerce and marketing expertise built up at Netflix, one of the pioneers in the DVD rental space. Read More

  • BookRenter Opens Up Textbook Rentals To Campus Bookstores And Other Partners

    Anyone who has bought a textbook, whether during college or graduate school, understands how expensive they can be. College textbook rental startup BookRenter is trying to make the process of buying textbooks more affordable through its online site which loans books to students for a fixed duration. Today, the startup is opening up its platform to other sites to allow any college or business… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs: College Humor, uStream.tv, MyWire, isocket and more

    Check out the jobs on CrunchBoard. Jobs from New York to San Francisco to Germany. See jobs in Europe here. In the last couple of weeks we have added more than 50 jobs on CrunchBoard, including a Ruby Developer and student intern here at TechCrunch. Click through to see a quick sample of some jobs posted. Read More

  • Chegg Warns Rival BookRenter.com It Owns The Trademark To Being No. 1

    Who exactly is the market leader in textbook rentals is no longer just an academic debate. Online textbook rental service Chegg recently sent its rival BookRenter.co a lawyer letter (embedded below) demanding that it stop using the phrase “#1 In Textbook Rentals” on its Website. That is Chegg’s marketing slogan, and it even registered the phrase as a trademark in 2008. But… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble College Tries To Take On Chegg In Sizzling Textbook Rental Market

    After test-piloting a textbook rental program at three campus stores, Barnes & Noble College is rolling out the program more broadly to 25 U.S. colleges. Students will be able to rent textbooks from their campus bookstores, online, or from Barnes & Noble stores on campus. Students who want to rent online will be able to do so through their campus bookstore websites, such as Ohio… Read More

  • Textbook Rental Market Heats Up: BookRenter Raises $6M Series A

    Earlier this month college textbook rental company Chegg raised $112M as part of a combined Series D and debt round, bringing the total raised by the company to a massive $144M. Competitor BookRenter will tomorrow announce a Series A round of $6M, raised from Storm Ventures and Adams Capital Management. BookRenter has only raised a fraction of the capital of their competitor Chegg, but the… Read More