May 18, 2022

Massachusetts: Amazon Will Stop Providing Textbooks to UMass at End of 2018


Amazon will stop providing the University of Massachusetts campus with textbooks at the end of December 2018, exercising an opt-out clause in its contract with the university.

In 2015, Amazon and UMass signed a five-year contract that replaced the Follett Corp. textbook operation, although that company continued to run the store in the Campus Center. The arrangement was expected to save students about 30 percent. Amazon was one of six companies that bid to provide the service.

Amazon decided to end the arrangement, said UMass spokesman Daniel J. Fitzgibbons in an email. He did not know why. No one could be reached at Amazon.

UMass will release an RFP for a new supplier and the school hopes to have a new contract in place by the Summer of 2018.

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See Also:  Amazon Textbook Contract Ending in December 2018 (via The Massachusetts Daily Collegian)
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