Blue Tent OnLoan
At Blue Tent, we offer a free textbook loan program. We scrutinize textbook costs just like you do. We've been in your shoes, and we well remember surfing the web and scouring local homeschooling consignment stores for economical books.
When we choose textbooks for our classes, we look for books that will work well in both content and cost.
We never want to to ask you to cut corners, so we offer free textbook loaners for our math and science classes.
A PRINT + DIGITAL APPROACH
Most of our math and science classes utilize online resources--including interactive ebooks--with hard-copy texts listed as "optional." We've assembled class sets of the printed textbooks, and we provide free loaners to any registered student upon request.
We like ebooks in our math and science classes because the have interactive features embedded within them that offer students links to immediate resources and help. But we know that ebooks are not always the ONLY way that students want to access information. Even if an ebook is the primary resource, a hard copy is often still desirable.
The Blue Tent OnLoan program makes a combined ebook AND printed text an easy option, since the hard-copy text is freely available on loan.
WHAT'S THE COST?
The only cost to borrow a text is the cost to ship it. And we ship textbooks in the most economical way possible--by media mail--unless speed is a priority.
RETURN IT. OR BUY IT.
After you register for a class, we'll ship a new or gently used (highlight-free/writing-free) textbook to you during the summer, and you can keep it for the school year.
We ask you not to highlight or write in borrowed books so that we can put them back on our shelf to loan out the next year to other students.
If you decide you'd like to write in a borrowed book or own it, you can keep it, and we'll let you know the purchase price.
Otherwise you can just return it to us in a gently used condition at the end of the school year.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
To check out your math or science textbook for the school year, send an email with:
the registered student's name
the class name
your mailing address
That's it! We'll send you a note when your textbook ships.