It’s not as good a deal as Amazon’s offer last year that gave anyone with a .edu e-mail address a free year of *Amazon* Prime, but the new Amazon Student iOS app does come with six months of free two-day shipping. The app, released today, also lets users go through the textbook trade-in process using their phones.
In other ways, the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Student app is similar to the regular Amazon app. Users can check prices of textbooks and other products by scanning their barcodes.
Those who download the app then have the opportunity to sign up for Amazon Student, which gives them six months of free Prime shipping and “exclusive deals on anything from dorm essentials to late night snacks.” They don’t get free streaming video.
Anyone who got a free year of Amazon Prime last year by adding a .edu e-mail address to their account–I used an alumni e-mail address–is not eligible for the new free six months but can get a half-price Prime membership, for $39 instead of $79, and that does include streaming video.
This announcement follows Amazon’s recent news that it will offer Kindle textbook rental.