Purdue, Amazon team up to save students millions in textbook fees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University announced a new partnership with Amazon on Wednesday morning.

Students will now have the opportunity to save up to 30 percent, or $6 million a year on textbooks thanks to the new collaboration with the company.

Purdue and Amazon launched the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a new co-branded experience where students can purchase lower-cost textbooks and other college essentials.

For the first time, there will be pickup and drop-off locations staffed with Amazon workers on campus. The first campus pickup location is expected to be open in early 2015.

“This relationship is another step in Purdue’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for our students,” President Mitch Daniels said. “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.”

Daniels noted that books are the third largest expense for college students. The university has addressed tuition with a three-year freeze and has reduced room-and-board costs by 5 percent two years in a row.

Student affordability and accessibility is a key component of Purdue Moves, a range of initiatives introduced by Daniels to broaden Purdue’s global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students.

“For years, we’ve offered students low prices on everything from textbooks to electronics to dorm essentials on Amazon.com,” said Amazon Vice President of Media and Student Programs Paul Ryder. “We’re teaming up with Purdue to bring students staffed, on-campus pickup locations and benefits like Amazon’s free one-day shipping on textbooks, making the college student store experience more affordable and convenient.”

The Purdue Student Store on Amazon is the second co-branded university program. An online student store was established at the University of California, Davis, last fall.

Visit the Purdue Store on Amazon here.

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