Amazon has just launched the Amazon Student app for Android, providing students with an easy way to shop for textbooks, electronics, apparel, and all the other gear they need to survive their college year.

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In addition to browsing and buying stuff, the app also features a barcode scanner that gives students a chance to compare prices on anything they intend to buy from a brick and mortar store.  The scanner also allows students to scan their old textbooks, games, DVDs, and a million other eligible products to see their current trade-in value. These items can then be shipped to Amazon for Amazon.com Gift Cards. 

The iOS version of this app has been out for quite some time now and offers much of the same features as the Android one. Indeed there is even a detailed guide on how to install and use the iOS app on the Amazon website. It's similar to the Android app, so check it out for instructions.

Finally, to entice students to sign up to its Student program, Amazon is giving away six months subscription to its Prime service for free! Only students currently enrolled in a college or university with a valid .edu email address are eligible to sign-up for the program.

If you are a student, or even if you're not, download the app and let us know how you get on!

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Trent

    About to give it a try. I've got tons of text books, but don't really want to go through the hassle of selling them on fleabay. Amazon gift cards sound pretty appealing, though.

  • Mgamerz

    But there is one year of free prime on their site for students...

    • Hiram Lester

      I signed my wife up for Amazon Student last summer when she went back to school. She got a free year and since I was about 1 month into my second trial of Prime at the time, free Prime was welcome. :) Additional years are half off the usual price for up to 4 or 5 years. I think they have since dropped it to only 6 months free Prime for Amazon Student. Still an excellent deal, though. We ordered her literature books for school the last two years from Amazon and all my DVD's, etc. also get shipped 2-day. :)

  • rick

    "and all the other gear they need to survive their college year."
    That's the main reason why there's the Skyrim buy page in the pics, right? lol