When we rounded up ways to save money on university textbooks last week, one option that we didn't look at is textbook rentals. That's a growing segment of the market in the US, and it's looking increasingly competitive in Australia.
Reader Chris alerted us to the recent launch of Zookal, which is offering textbook rentals based on the book lists of most of the major universities in Sydney (plus the University of Western Australia.) And commenter Chris pointed out the existence of Unidbooks, which offers a similar service.
As a non-student, I don't think I'm in a position to realistically assess the value of either of these options, though some of the pricing (upwards of 50% of the new selling price) seems a little high to me. If you like the idea or think it's lame, we'd love to hear why in the comments.