Textbook Annex: Will continue to operate as gift shop under Follett Corp.
For generations students have dutifully lined up the first few days of school to get their expensive textbooks at the aptly named Textbook Annex. As of this coming fall semester that quaint tradition, like using a payphone, goes the way of video rental stores.
UMass has cut a 5-year deal with Amazon, the largest Internet based retailer in the country, which will allow convenient free delivery of textbooks at an average savings of 31%.
Lower costs for quality higher education is the reason many students choose UMass/Amherst in the first place, so this deal will only enhance that attribute.
Fortunately for Amazon -- should they ever implement drone delivery -- the Amherst Town Meeting ban on drones was only advisory. And few officials outside of Amherst listen to Town Meeting.