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 there have the chance to save $6 million a year on textbooks.

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. It launched on Tuesday.

Amazon will also bring order pick-up and drop-off locations to Purdue’s campus while also bringing in 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. 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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