Amazon today unveiled a textbook rental service for the company's Kindle e-reader. Students can rent e-textbooks for as few as 30 days and extend rental periods in one-day increments.
A key feature is you can keep annotations and highlighting after the rental period ends. The notes are stored in the Amazon cloud and can be automatically synced if you re-rent a textbook. The amount of storable highlighting allowed is determined by the individual publishers, according to an Amazon spokesperson.
Of course, the devil is in the details. John Wiley & Sons isn't saying how much highlighting they allow you to store. "We do support a student's need to retain a meaningful portion of their highlighted content after their rental has expired," said a company spokesperson.