Purdue, Amazon team up to save students millions

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — Thanks to a new collaboration between Amazon and Purdue University, students taking classes on the West Lafayette campus have an opportunity to save money on textbooks that’s estimated to total $6 million a year.

The university and Amazon announced on Wednesday the launch of Purdue Student Store on Amazon where students can purchase lower-cost textbooks and other college essentials. The web site launched on Tuesday.

Amazon will also bring staffed customer order pick-up and drop-off locations to Purdue’s campus.  Students can also take advantage of expedited shipping benefits over the course of the 2014-2015 school year. The first pick-up location on campus should be open in early 2015, a release said.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted that books are the third biggest expense for college students.

“This relationship is another step in Purdue’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for our students,” said President Mitch Daniels. “With the pressure on college campuses to reduce costs, this new way of doing business has the potential to change the book-buying landscape for students and their families.”

Through the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, students can rent new and used books and also rent or buy Kindle eTextbooks. Amazon says a percentage of sales through the student store will be returned to the university, which Purdue will use for its student affordability and accessibility initiatives.

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