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Amazon Locker Appears Outside Bennet

A grey block of Amazon lockers appeared unexpectedly last night outside Bennet, and in an exciting turn of events WesStation lines got a little shorter.

The lockers don’t show up on Amazon as a shipping address yet and there isn’t much info about them. I was able to find out its name though: Helix. So that’s exciting.

If you’re curious about what Amazon lockers are they’re a place where you can pick up anything (of a reasonable size) you buy off Amazon. Sadly, Amazon does not offer any deals on shipping if you use it, so Helix’s only real usefulness will be the convenience of not having to walk to Usdan to pick up a package and not having to wait in the sometimes excessively long line at WesStation.

The Library Website Seeks Your Input

Systems librarian Lori Stethers sends us a screenshot of the library website. Meta:

Want to take a test you can’t fail and make $20?

The library is refining its web site and needs your input to do it right.  Meet with a librarian to complete a short activity that will help us determine what should and should not be on our web site and how to organize the content.  Receive a $20 Amazon gift card as thanks for your time!  Takes 30 to 60 minutes.  Limited to first 5 students to sign up.  Both undergrad and grad students are needed; student employees of the library are not eligible.

To sign up, click on an appointment time here. (Update: slots are full, link removed on request.)

Date: This week
Time: Whenever
Place: Library
Cost: Get a $20 Amazon gift card

Amazon Starts Renting (Physical) Textbooks


Amazon announced today that it is now renting out physical textbooks, in addition to the online rentals it debuted last year.  Those of us who have purchased textbooks from Amazon know that it can “buyback” books you’ve purchased from the site, but it only pays you back in store credit (and not very much of it, either).  According to VentureBeat, most of these print books will rent at $30-$60 per semester (130 days + possible 15-day extension).

By renting out print books, Amazon’s entering a market that’s been growing more crowded lately.  Services like Chegg and Ebay’s Half.com rent books at similar price ranges, but The Verge posits that “Amazon’s ubiquity means it’s likely to make the practice more mainstream.”  Rent out your books before it’s too cool, and check out Amazon’s textbook rental here.  Fanhirs of the company may also want to check out Amazon Prime Student for free two-day shipping.

And how does one  get their textbooks without being ripped off?