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Amazon’s New Offer to Buy Back Over a Million Print-Book Titles Could Fund Your Purchase of a Kindle, an iPad, or a Kindle eBook Library

If you are one of the millions of us who are in the midst of a gradual transition from print books to ebooks, and it is one that involves downsizing your print book library, here’s something to ponder:

A major announcement by Amazon this morning means that, if you have a hundred or so of the right used books lying around the house or dormitory room, Amazon could help you help yourself to a brand new Kindle, or iPad, or library of ebooks by providing you with a valuable Amazon Gift Card.

Amazon has just announced that they have expanded what they call their Textbook Buyback Program to include over a million titles, including hundreds of thousands of nonfiction and fiction books that are not, strictly speaking, textbooks. The program has been around for over a year, but until today’s announcement a relatively small percentage of titles were eligible. Just to give you a sense of the newly expanded range of this “textbook” program, all of the top 10 titles on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list are eligible and the average amount Amazon would pay you for them is equal to 44% of the discounted price for which the same hardcovers are available in Amazon’s main bookstore.

What’s great about this development, in addition to the wide selection of qualifying titles and the reasonably good prices being offered, is the utter simplicity of the program. There’s no need for you to become an Amazon Marketplace seller, to get into some kind of annoying daily shipping routine, to pay for shipping, or to sit around waiting for buyers to become interested in your books.

With the Textbook Buyback Program, you just follow a few simple steps, and you’re done. A few days later Amazon will deposit money into your Amazon account in the form of an Amazon Gift Card that will be automatically available for you to buy a brand new Kindle or Kindle DX, an Apple iPad, your choice of Kindle books, or anything else in the Amazon Store. Easy as 1-2-3:

  1. First, go to the Textbook Buyback Program page and enter the ISBN to check price and availability. It’s your choice whether to send off a single book or a boxful.
  2. When you’ve finished entering the books you want to send back, Amazon will prompt you to print a shipping label so that you can package and ship your books free of charge.
  3. Check your inbox and your Amazon account for your new gift card(s), and you could be on your way to a free Kindle, iPad, or other item(s)!

Here’s the guts of Amazon’s press release this morning:

Over 1 Million Books Now Eligible for the Amazon.com Textbook Buyback Program

Just in time for the end of the semester, customers can now choose from over one million books to trade in for high prices at Amazon.com

SEATTLE, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that over 1 million books are now eligible for the Textbook Buyback program, which allows customers to quickly and easily exchange used textbooks in return for an Amazon.com Gift Card. Available year-round, the Textbook Buyback program offers students the ability to trade in textbooks they no longer need for a high price. For more information about the Textbook Buyback program, visit: http://www.amazon.com/buyback.

Textbook Buyback offers great prices on over 1 million eligible titles. Not only is it easy to use, but students can avoid long lines at the bookstore and trade in their textbooks from their dorm rooms or from home without facing buyback deadlines. Students just visit www.amazon.com/buyback, and search for the books they want to trade. Then students can print a pre-paid shipping label and drop the package in the mail. Once the book is received and verified by the third-party merchant that purchases the titles, an Amazon.com Gift Card will be deposited into the student’s Amazon.com account. This gift card can be used toward the purchase of next semester’s books, or the millions of other items on Amazon.com.

“With a great selection of titles, low textbook costs and high prices for Textbook Buyback, we continue to make the Textbook Store an easy and economical option for our student customers,” said Julie Todaro, director of Books at Amazon.com. “Buying textbooks is no longer the financial burden it once was for students, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to make Textbook Buyback even more convenient with over 1 million books now available to trade in for high prices. Students are crazy if they’re still selling their books back on campus.”

The Amazon.com Textbooks Store (www.amazon.com/buyback) helps students manage the high cost of textbooks by offering savings of up to 30 percent off the list price of more than 100,000 new textbooks and up to 90 percent off the list price of millions of used textbooks.

Try This! The Most Simple Way to Set and Keep a Monthly Budget for Your Kindle Purchases

If you are challenged by the need to keep your Kindle purchases on a monthly budget (or to do the same for a family member), why not try a Kindle Gift Certificate each month? Just click here to purchase your Kindle Gift Certificate in whatever amount suits your monthly budget amount, and you’ll know how much you have left to spend just by checking the amount that is open on your gift certificate account at any time during the month. And be sure to reward your frugality by allowing yourself roll-over Kindle dollars!

Something New for Kindle Purchases: The Amazon Kindle Gift Card!

While all the buzz right now concerns the Kindle 2.0 that will be unveiled in just 12 days by Jeff Bezos in New York’s Morgan Library and Museum, there’s another thing that is new under the sun for Kindle owners and those who want to please them to no end!

That’s Amazon’s new Kindle Gift Card, which makes it a snap to provide Kindle owners with funds for all those Kindle books (and other content) they want to read and buy on their Kindles.

The newly introduced Kindle Gift Card addresses a pet peeve of Kindle 1.0 owners and their friends and loved ones, which is that — unlike everything else on the virtual shelves of the Amazon store — there has been no smooth and easy way to make gifts of Kindle content.

To order a Kindle gift card, gift certificate, or email a gift credit in any quantity or any amount from $5 to $5,000, just click here, look for the “click to select design” link, and use the “Select” button to choose the “Amazon Kindle” gift card. Complete your purchase and you’re all set, and yes, you can even send a Kindle gift card to yourself as a way of streamlining your Kindle purchases or, perish the thought, staying on a budget!