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Kindle Paperwhite for College Students

College textbooks are available for Kindle in several disciplines, such as accounting, art history, economics, mathematics, nursing, philosophy, and science. Texts are being added daily — check frequently to see if there are textbooks that apply to your studies.

In many textbooks, enhanced features such as X-Ray for Textbooks and Notebook are best viewed and used on a full-color device such as the Kindle Fire HD. In fact, you may not even be able to download a sample or purchase a textbook for the Kindle Paperwhite. Be sure to check at the product page for the book you are interested in to see what devices are available for delivery. Note that many textbooks can be viewed on various devices, such as the iPad, Android tablet, laptop, or Mac using the Kindle for Reading App (this app is free).

Textbooks can be sampled, purchased, or rented. Renting offers a cheaper alternative to purchasing a book, and all textbooks, no matter how acquired, can be returned within seven days for a full refund.

Amazon has a number of features and promotions for college students, although not all of them are Kindle-based. For example, Amazon Student allows college students to sign up for a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime, which provides free two-day shipping on all purchases, including textbooks. After six months, the cost is $39/year (50 percent off the regular price) — after this kicks in, the program includes access to instant streaming videos and TV episodes, as well as access to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

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