Purdue University and Amazon Team Up to Sell Textbooks

August 21, 2014

Purdue University and Amazon have teamed up to offer textbooks at a discounted price of up to thirty percent off, which Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, said “is another step in Purdue’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for our students.”

In addition to expedited shipping benefits, The Purdue Student Store on Amazon, launched last Tuesday, August 12th, will also offer pickup and drop-off locations on Purdue’s campus. Purdue expects to have its first pickup location in early 2015, and a percentage of the sales—including sales to its faculty, staff, and alumni—through the online store will go to the university. These proceeds will be funneled into Purdue’s student affordability and accessibility initiatives championed by Purdue Moves.

Daniels believes that lowered prices on textbooks will be another dog in the fight to reduce the cost of higher education. “With the pressure on college campuses to reduce cost, this new way of doing business has the potential to change the book-buying landscape for students and their families,” he said.

According to College Board’s latest undergraduate budget estimates, in addition to spending between $3,264 and $30,094 on tuition each year, students spend up to $1,270 on books (however, costs are decreasing as students increasingly rely on textbook rentals, used books, libraries, and electronic resources).

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