It’s that time of year again. College students everywhere are counting down their final days of Summer vacation, and preparing for the school year ahead.

Two of the biggest chores of the pre-semester activities are tracking down and buying your books. Luckily, Amazon has just released an iOS application that can help you with both — Amazon Student…

“Now students can compare textbook prices on this semester’s syllabus right from the college bookstore simply by scanning a barcode. And when it’s time to sell back textbooks, the app can turn used books — and millions of other eligible electronics, video games, DVDs, and more — into Amazon.com gift cards. Students scan the items they no longer need, ship eligible items for free, and get an Amazon.com Gift Card to spend on millions of items at Amazon.com. Nearly 1 million textbooks are elegible for Textbook Buyback and students can get up to 70 percent back.”

Essentially, you can use your phone to scan a textbook barcode, determine its trade-in value, and set it up to ship. You can even use the app to purchase new and used textbooks from Amazon.com. You may never have to step foot in that crowded campus bookstore again.

Amazon Student is available in the App Store for free. Have you checked it out yet?

[MacRumors]