Amazon Student – now on the iPhone. Image is licensed under fair use.Amazon Student – the student imprint of Amazon.comhas launched its iPhone application, separate from Amazon.com’s own application and focusing specifically on Amazon Student’s educational benefits like trading in and buying textbooks and creating wish lists to send to family and friends.

There are similar features to Amazon.com’s main application like barcode scanning and price checking. But the trade-in option, allowing students to use Amazon.com as a textbook buyback service separates it from the rest. Not only are used textbooks available for 90% off the retail listed price, Amazon will allow you to trade in your old books for an Amazon.com gift card, which is nearly as good as cash with Amazon’s supply of nearly everything. I tested the app out on my iTouch and it ran smoothly, but us Android users are just going to have to wait for now.

This upcoming semester, Amazon has become my primary textbook retailer through Used Textbook retailers that fulfill shipping through Amazon Prime. Students are entitled to six free months of Amazon Prime through Amazon Student, which grants free two-day shipping and very cheap overnight shipping. Although I didn’t buy many textbooks from Amazon last year, Prime saved me when I needed things as random as the magnetic back of a name tag or Adele’s latest CD for my mom or an ethernet cable for XBox Live. Students who have used their free Amazon Student benefits can renew for $39/year, $50 cheaper than retail, with the added benefit of Prime Instant Videos. I sincerely recommend it, I know my family will be choosing to renew, and this app just makes my textbook shopping THAT much more convenient.

[TechCrunch]