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Purdue University sued over Amazon textbook deal

March 29, 2015

An Ohio-based association of campus retail stores wants more detail about a business deal struck last year between Purdue University and online retail powerhouse Amazon, which opened its first brick-and-mortar store earlier this semester on the West Lafayette campus.

Located in Krach Leadership Center, Amazon’s on-campus store serves as a pickup and drop-off spot for textbooks and other merchandise students order online.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February that preliminary numbers suggest students have saved more than 40 percent through the partnership.

The National Association of College Stores Inc. — a nonprofit trade organization representing more than 3,000 campus retail stores worldwide — requested and obtained a copy of the agreement university officials signed with Amazon, but multiple pages in the document had been redacted.

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