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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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  • Hachete (Score:4, Interesting)

    by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @10:48PM (#47668229)

    Will they allow professor's to assign Hachette textbooks? Can student's order Hachette study guides?

  • Re:$4-15K/year (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @12:08AM (#47668525)

    Another shady practice is faculty writing their own textbook and then requiring it be used when they teach related courses, when it appears there's a well-accepted standard text in use by 90% of other schools where the particular subject is taught.

  • Re:Well (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 14, 2014 @12:15AM (#47668539)

    It helps to make apples to apples comparisons - you are comparing a text alone to a text with online support suite, something that costs around $75-125 without buying the physical book.

    Here's the probability text I'll be teaching out of this fall: $145.79 $191.80

    Similarly, here's the most popular 3-semester calculus text: $223.41 $270.53

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 14, 2014 @02:23AM (#47668893)

    When I was in college I had to pay every single cent of the school fees / book / a roof over my head / food, everything by myself
    I had no parents to foot the bill for me nor any church or any charitable organization for I was a refugee from China freshly landed in America, and I was paying the "International Student" tuition fee which was 10X the school fee the "local students" were paying
    Other than working 3 different jobs while studying full time, I had to find ways to skim on expenses, and one of the ways was on books
    A lot of professors earn their side incomes by forcing students to get the latest edition of school text --- for example, Version 14 of an economic book
    What I did was I went to old book stores and search for previous versions of the same book (by the same author), and bought version 5 of the same book (couples of years old, of course), and went back to the school, borrow the newest edition from my classmate and started a chapter by chapter (sometimes page by page) comparison.
    Most often the difference between the old edition and the newest version was an additional chapter and/or some revisions of some other chapters, for those I simply xerox the pages from the new edition and clipped them onto the old edition that I bought
    The difference in price however, was staggering. The latest edition might cost upwards to $150 or so, per book, while the old edition which I got from old book store may cost me only $12
    Another method is to "borrow" the book from the school library and then "forget" to return that book for the entire semester
    Those were amongst the many tricks I used to get by my college days

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