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North Central College Selects Akademos for New Online Bookstore Service

Unique platform and marketplace will provide students with personalized service and affordable course materials, and the College with data and tools to support student success  North Central Logo

North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials, a wider selection of textbook formats and payment options, and a best-in-class personalized ordering experience. The College plans to launch its online bookstore in the fall of 2018.

Cengage and Akademos Partner on Cengage Unlimited Subscriptions

Agreement extends options for affordable course materials to students at 120+ Akademos Partner institutions  CengageUnlimited_LogoFile_Primary_FullColor

Today, we're pleased to announce a new partnership to distribute and market Cengage Unlimited
through Akademos' online bookstore technology.


Cengage Unlimited is a first-of-its-kind subscription that gives students access to all of the company's digital higher education materials. This includes more than 22,000 products – across 70 disciplines and more than 675 courses—for $119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use. Students using the digital platforms also have the option of free print rentals, paying only a $7.99 shipping fee.  

In addition to distributing Cengage Unlimited, an innovative co-marketing agreement will leverage Akademos' strengths in ecommerce and our deep relationships with partner institutions, to identify eligible students and illustrate the value of the subscription based on enrollment and course materials pricing information. This embedded virtual bookstore experience will ensure that every student from all of our participating institutions is aware of Cengage Unlimited's value, supporting a continuing drive to ensure affordability of course materials for students. 

"As we continue to build momentum with Cengage Unlimited, our partnership with Akademos will open access to more learners while also delivering targeted information about Cengage Unlimited to help today's students understand their digital options," said Todd Markson, Chief Strategy Officer, Cengage. "The truly embedded experience within the student purchase path will ensure students make the right, affordable choice and will get access to their courses and a wide array of high quality materials."

"We are pleased to be working with Cengage to offer this creative subscription product to the colleges and universities we serve," said John Squires, CEO, Akademos.  "Our Course Materials Platform (CMP)™ is uniquely positioned to advance innovative ideas like Cengage Unlimited. Its advanced targeting capabilities, along with our student marketing expertise, will allow us to highlight the Unlimited offering to faculty and their students who will benefit the most from its value." 

Contact us to learn more about how our partnership can benefit your institution. 

St. Francis College Announces New Akademos Online Bookstore

Akademos Platform to Provide Lower Textbook Prices for Students and
Enhanced Tools and Support for Faculty     St. Francis College Brooklyn

St. Francis College has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials and to make purchasing easier through personalized listings that will be linked to their course management accounts. Faculty and staff will benefit from actionable data and analytics that connect learning material selections to academic outcomes. All course materials will be available via the new platform in support of Fall Term 2018, with a pilot during the final summer session.   

How to Win Students Back to the College Bookstore

Institutions are Gaining a Winning Edge by Transitioning to a
Virtual Course Materials Platform

Between 2006 and 2016, the cost of college textbooks increased by 73%, which was over four times the rate of inflation. (1)  Today, with individual textbook costs climbing to hundreds of dollars each, it should be no surprise that many students are looking outside of the school-sanctioned bookstore to find affordable sources when buying their course materials or, worse, not buying them at all. If college and university leaders hope to meet the growing needs of their student populations and scale for an increasingly digital future, they’ll need to address these trends.  

Wingate University Partners with Akademos to Provide Lower Course Materials Prices to Students

Personalized service, support of student success, and actionable data to be provided by Akademos platform and marketplace  

Wingate University logoWe are proud to announce that Wingate University has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials. A multicultural, private university with students from 37 states and 13 countries, Wingate offers undergraduate degrees in its schools of business, arts and sciences, sport sciences and education. Nine graduate programs are also offered in a variety of disciplines. The University, which values getting to know each student as an individual, will launch its online bookstore this spring to support its Summer Term 2018.

The Impact of Generation Z on the College Course Materials Marketplace

How Your Campus Can Prepare for the Influx of the First True Digital Natives

books in tablet.jpgWhile many of us remember life before the Internet, there is an entire generation that’s never lived without it.  Generation Z, born 2001–2013, grew up in the digital age, where tablets, smartphones and instant access to information were all a part of their day-to-day reality literally from birth. They’ve seen technologies become obsolete as quickly as they’ve been created so, despite their young age, they’re skilled at adapting to new modalities. Generation Z is accustomed to choice, instant information, speed and ease of use  –  at home, socially, and in their classrooms.

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