Amazon launches student iPhone app for buying and trade-ins

Amazon's new student-focused iPhone application lets students buy and trade-in books and gadgets for the new back-to-school season.

Amazon has launched an iPhone application designed for students to buy, sell and trade-in goods from the palm of their hands.

Specifically tailored for the back-to-school season, students can not only look up their books for the coming semester, but also trade-in the books they no longer need.

It puts a modern twist on the conventional shopping experience -- for which students can become quickly apathetic with.

Items can either be added to a wish-list for future purchasing, or can be bought outright there and then from your iPhone.

The "Trade-in" option, however, may catch the eye of most students, who have to scrape the pennies to get by in college.

Students can use the barcode scanner -- built-in to the application -- to scan items they want to sell, and receive 'store-credit' gift cards for other purchases they wish to make. Students also get free shipping on items that are traded back in to Amazon.

But it isn't just for textbooks. You can sell and trade-in almost any item you have, and receive gift cards to buy pretty much anything else.

Students also benefit from free two-day shipping speeds for six months, on all eligible orders, courtesy of Amazon Prime.

The Amazon Student application for iPhones and the iPod touch is available from the iTunes Store.