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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus 95

First time accepted submitter Kilroy1218 writes After freezing tuition past their original deadline Purdue University announced a partnership with Amazon today which aside from greatly competitive book pricing "will bring staffed customer order pickup and drop-off locations to Purdue's campus, as well as expedited shipping benefits phased in over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year." “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.”
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @10:13PM (#47668075)

    They didn't change the tuition after a certain deadline, they extended the time within which their tuition won't change.

    In addition, this doesn't do anything to change the book-buying landscape for students. Students always had the option of buying books online through Amazon.

  • Where's the money? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Nate the greatest ( 2261802 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @10:30PM (#47668143)
    Here's an interesting detail not in the original post. According to what the bookstore director told me, the UC Davis bookstore only earned around $140 thousand in affiliate commissions in the first 6 months. Considering that the bookstore had revenues of around 20 million dollars last fiscal year (July to June 2014), the partnership doesn't look like it is worth anything to the bookstore. []
  • Re:Well (Score:5, Informative)

    by Albanach ( 527650 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @10:44PM (#47668203) Homepage

    The US textbook market is crazy.

    An easy example is Campbell's Biology Plus MasteringBiology - a pretty standard 1st year Biology textbook. Amazon UK [] price $87.56. Price for the US equivalent [] is $190.40.

  • Re:$4-15K/year (Score:4, Informative)

    by anarcobra ( 1551067 ) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @12:23AM (#47668557)
    When I was doing Electrical Engineering we needed about 10 to 15 books per year on average I think. Each book was between 100 and 200 Euros on average. Of course there were the usual texts by the professor or whatever, but those weren't that expensive usually. As you can imagine, by the second year most students didn't bother buying all the books anymore. Usually all you needed was the slides and maybe a couple of pages of the book that you could copy from somewhere. If during the classes you noticed that the book really would be useful, that's when you'd buy it.

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