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PayPal Lets Students Buy Textbooks with Phones

Service available on 10 Australian college campuses.

PayPal Australia is changing how university students buy textbooks through a new partnership with Australia’s second-largest bookstore.

The partnership with Co-op Bookshop will allow university students on 10 campuses to use their smartphones to scan QR codes displayed on bookstore walls, and pay for the books with their PayPal accounts, the payment processor reports.

Books are delivered the next day, PayPal adds, noting that about 160 book titles are available through this service, and that shipping is free.

“This exciting new concept was born from a growing student need to reduce the time they spend waiting in line for their textbooks during the busy semester start period,” says Greg Smith, chief marketing officer of the Co-op Bookshop. “Students are a fast-moving and dynamic group that are at the forefront of technology adoption, so we constantly need to look for concepts like this to help them to save time and money on study essentials.”

According to news reports, this service is similar to SnapMeUp, which launched in the U.K. last month.

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  • Tried this also, too, and looks fun and convenient. Great thing students now have many ways to find great deals in textbooks and many ways to pay for them. Jules M. of

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