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Akademos & University of Great Falls Partner to Lower Textbook Costs

Posted by Natassia Tanaka on November 29, 2016

The Akademos online bookstore solution will offer UGF students significant textbook savings while enabling faculty to easily evaluate and adopt low-cost course material options

University of Great Falls (UGF) has joined Akademos' fast-growing list of partner schools. University of Great Falls, a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts university based in Great Falls, Montana, offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through both onsite and distance learning.UGF logo-1.jpg

Starting Spring semester 2017, UGF students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students can save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 18 million unique titles.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with UGF’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for their courses and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students will also be able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.The online storefront will become UGF’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore, with the campus store selling items including spirit wear and general merchandise.

In addition, the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal will increase adoption process efficiency by enabling administrators to track textbook adoption progress across individual departments and the entire system. It will also make it easy for faculty to select affordable, high-quality books by providing visibility into the real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats, and enabling faculty to receive personal consultations on alternative, low-cost learning materials.

“Partnering with Akademos enables us to offer our students the lowest possible textbook costs by providing them with access to a vast selection of affordable used, rental and eBook materials through the Akademos peer-to-peer Marketplace,” said Stacey Eve, vice president for finance and human resources at UGF. “Additionally, Akademos’ Adoption & Analytics Portal allows us to significantly streamline our currently manua ltextbook adoption process and arm our faculty with tools and services that can further improve textbook affordability for our students.”

“In order to effectively compete with low-cost online retailers and better support academic success, institutions are transitioning to new, sustainable bookstore models that serve students, faculty and other stakeholders now and in the future,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “By moving to a new bookstore model that facilitates the sale of low-cost textbooks and supports a profitable on-campus general merchandise store, University of Great Falls will provide its students, administration, faculty and alumni with the best of both worlds.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.


Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

Future-Proof Your College Bookstore - Exclusive Akademos eBook Now Available

Posted by Natassia Tanaka on November 17, 2016

New eBook provides valuable insights on bookstore models that address and support textbook textbook affordability, accessibility and student success.


Today, we announced the release of an exciting new eBook highlighting bookstore models that help institutions better meet the growing student demands for lower-cost textbooks, more choice and greater convenience. The eBook uncovers new insights into how the bookstore plays a pivotal role in a future-proof course materials strategy that can effectively compete with low-cost thrird party websites and support an institution’s transition to digital learning materials.

This new eBook, which is available for free, explores:
  • The primary reasons institutions are moving to new bookstore models
  • Key factors to consider when selecting a new model
  • Several future-proof bookstore models offering long-term financial stability
  • Tips for ensuring a successful transition to a new bookstore

The eBook delivers many actionable recommendations administrators and campus shop operators can use as a resource to help transition to a sustainable, future-proof model.

“The internet and mobile technology have completely transformed the way educational materials are produced, purchased, delivered and consumed. This new eBook provides key insights to help colleges and universities select a future-proof model that is right for their unique needs,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “Through its experience supporting hundreds of institutions across the country, Akademos has seen first-hand how college bookstores need to transform into an educational platform and best-in-class service that directly supports an institution’s core mission of driving student success.”

Request the exclusive eBook


Topics: Textbook Affordability, New Bookstore Models