Could This Amazon App Change the College Textbook Game?

A new Amazon app makes comparison shopping for college textbooks as easy as scanning a barcode.

Now that it's time to head back to campus, cash-strapped college students will be trekking to bookstores to buy all the pricey textbooks they need for class. Historically, students have been at the mercy of campus bookstores' set prices, but thanks to Amazon Student, a new app for iPads and iPhones, that could all change.

To compare Amazon's price on that biology textbook listed for $100, a student can use the app to scan the barcode. If Amazon's price is better, she can simply click the "order" button and the book will be on its way. The company is even offering free two-day shipping for six months to students that decide to use the app.

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