Go on, now rent textbooks online

Mumbai University students could lease books for various terms at 20 per cent of their actual cost, service to be set up next academic year

books Updated: Feb 25, 2012 09:52 IST
Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times

A student’s life in Mumbai is a tough one. Rising academic costs can often leave quite a deep hole in one’s pocket. This is especially true if you happen to be studying engineering or doing a diploma, and have to invest in new textbooks every term.

But a former Pune University student has come up with a novel way to beat these inflationary times. Sameer Tulpule, 30, has started a service called Textbuk that rents out textbooks to students of Pune University at 20 per cent of the cost. And following the great response the venture received there, they will soon set up a similar

service for students of Mumbai University from the next academic year (this June onwards).

“We primarily work for engineering and diploma students, who have different textbooks every term. This results in extremely high economic costs. And even though the sellers take some books back, most go to the raddiwallah and are lost from circulation. We can remedy this,” says Tulpule, adding that they had introduced the rental

option for BSc students too but didn’t get much of a response.

For students, there are four schemes to choose from. Textbuk.in offers a minimum 20 per cent and maximum 80 per cent discount. The most popular one is where a student gets 80 per cent discount, but is a part of the textbuk.in service from the time he joins university till the time he graduates.

“Students looking to sign up just need to do is fill a form, pay a registration fee (Rs 100), a refundable deposit (Rs 150-200) and they are set to go,” says Tulpule, adding that the group also plants a tree every time a customer rents books.

First Published: Feb 25, 2012 09:52 IST