Notes in the Margins: LinkedIn, Kindle and student borrowing

LinkedIn trying harder to lure college students The company has rolled out new profile sections designed mainly for college students. According to the official LinkedIn blog, college students can benefit “By capturing accomplishments in real time and publishing them on the LinkedIn network, members catch the eyes of other professionals – colleagues, recruiters, and hiring managers – and find one another for networking opportunities. These are benefits that no resume on a hard drive can ever deliver.” (USA Today)

Extreme couponing: Student saves $300 a month The Liggetts are not struggling financially — they have a low-six-figure income — but since Lauren lives at home and her parents are paying for college, she wanted to help out. (CNN)

After The Recession, Students Borrow Reluctantly For many who came of age during the financial crisis and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, blindly borrowing for an education makes little sense, especially when they are not certain they will find work after graduation. But the very factors that made them debt-averse may make them debt-dependent. (Reuters via The Huffington Post)

Law School Economics: Ka-Ching! Legal diplomas have such allure that law schools have been able to jack up tuition four times faster than the soaring cost of college. And many law schools have added students to their incoming classes — a step that, for them, means almost pure profits — even during the worst recession in the legal profession’s history. (The New York Times)

Amazon adds Kindle textbook rentals, leaves iBooks in the dust Amazon announced a new textbook rental service today for its Kindle eBook service. The textbook rental store would let students rent textbooks from 30 to 360 days from the Kindle store. The rental terms could save students up to 80% on the purchase price of the books from publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. (AOL Tech)