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Posted on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 1:14 p.m.

University of Michigan Press offering discount rentals for some E-books

By AnnArbor.com Staff

If prices are prohibting you from reading more books electronically, the University of Michigan Press has a deal for some of its scholarly titles: E-book rentals.

Rental copies are available for anyone to rent for a month or six months.

“The University of Michigan Press is committed to providing our titles in every format people would like to use, and to keeping readers’ costs down wherever possible,” said Karen Hill, Assistant Director and Digital Manager for the Press, in a prepared statement. “We expect that the lower rental prices will be a special help for students and faculty who only need a book for a single semester or a single research paper.”

Costs will range from 40 percent of list price for a 30-day rental to 75 percent of list price for a 180-day rental. Those who rent a book will have the option at the end of the rental period to buy it permanently at an additional charge. Purchased versions include additional interactive features. If customers endorse the program, the Press may make as many as 325 books available by the end of the year, its press release said. Electronic files purchased from the Press Web site are accessed using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) free software. ADE files are delivered via download links sent by email, and can be shared across up to six devices registered to the user. ADE is currently available for PC, Mac, and Sony Reader, with more devices to come.

To see a list of the titles currently available for rental, visit www.press.umich.edu/ebooks