A dozen Midwestern community banks and credit unions have reached deals with Amazon.com in an attempt to attract more traffic to their budding Web sites.

The banks are asking local schools -- from elementary to college -- to buy books from Amazon through a link on the banks' Web sites. The perk for schools is that they earn a 3% rebate for each purchase made by students and their families from Amazon. Those funds can be used at the discretion of school officials.

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