We show the existence of e-nets of size O (1/ε log log 1/ε) for planar point sets and axis-parallel rectangular ranges. The same bound holds for points in the plane with "fat" triangular ranges, and for point sets in R3 and axis-parallel boxes; these are the first known non-trivial bounds for these range spaces. Our technique also yields improved bounds on the size of ε-nets in the more general context considered by Clarkson and Varadarajan. For example, we show the existence of e-nets of size O (1/εe log log log 1/ε) for the dual range space of "fat" regions and planar point sets (where the regions are the ground objects and the ranges are subsets stabbed by points). Plugging our bounds into the technique of Brönnimann and Goodrich, we obtain improved approximation factors (computable in randomized polynomial time) for the hitting set or the set cover problems associated with the corresponding range spaces.