11. Supporting Multiple Datacenters

With Chris Williams

Rafter is making course materials (and higher education as a whole) more affordable for students.


11.1 Introduction

For many years, students have been frustrated by the high cost of new textbooks and their low value as used textbooks. Rafter (originally BookRenter.com) saw this as a business opportunity and created a business in 2008 renting textbooks to students. The premise is simple: A student determines the textbooks needed for the new semester and orders these textbooks from the BookRenter website. Rafter ships the chosen books to the student. At the end of the semester, the student returns the books and the books are available for other students ...

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