UMass Amherst will source textbooks from Amazon

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Starting next year, students at UMass Amherst will get their text books not from a campus bookstore but from Amazon.com. The news was reported Tuesday in The Boston Globe

Under a 5-year agreement, [company]Amazon[/company] will get a 2.5 percent cut on e-books or their physical counterparts — available with one-day delivery —  sold via a dedicated storefront. Amazon told the Globe that students will save up to $380 a year.  Amazon will pay the school a minimum of $375,000, $465,000, and $610,000 in the first three years, respectively.

Amazon offers a similar program at Purdue and University of California, Davis.

This story was updaed at 3:59 p.m. PST to reflect that UMass, not Amazon, gets a 2.5 percent commission on books sold.

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