Amazon is offering a new program called Amazon Students to any U.S. student with a “.edu” email address who is enrolled in at least one course. The program incorporates Amazon’s Prime service, which features two-day free shipping with no purchase minimum and special student deals. That means any discounted textbooks that can be purchased from Amazon will be shipped for free–and students won’t have to worry that their savings will be spent in handling costs. Plus, two day shipping rivals the campus bookstore for convenience.
Amazon Prime currently costs $79.00 per year. It’s unclear what the benefits of subscribing to Amazon Students will be after the year is up, but it’s clear that the short-term motivation will be high. Amazon obviously hopes to win over loyalty in among textbook costumers, who can choose from a variety of online booksellers.
Amazon also offers a free one-month trial membership of Amazon Prime to non-students.
Join Amazon Student