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Increasing Number of Colleges and Universities Prioritizing Textbook Affordability and Student Success

Over the past academic year, 16 institutions have chosen the Akademos virtual bookstore solution, lowering textbook prices for students and offering advanced tools for faculty.

16 colleges and universities have selected Akademos as their virtual bookstore services provider for the upcoming academic year.  These partnerships highlight the growing trend for colleges and universities to prioritize textbook affordability and student academic success by moving to a virtual model for course materials.

“We’re seeing a marked increase of colleges and universities moving to our virtual bookstore solution,” said Raj Kaji, Chief Executive Officer, Akademos. “While every school is unique, many institutions share a common motivation to leverage our unique platform to offer the lowest prices for their students, the best support and tools for faculty, unmatched availability and service - and a seamless path to support the transition to digital materials and models.”

A large number of public and private institutions including community colleges, state flagships, and online and elite institutions are diverging from the traditional campus bookstore model and focusing on what academic success will look like in the future. Access to a wide variety of low cost textbook options and relevant course materials is increasingly becoming the priority for every type of institution.

This year, transitioning to the Akademos virtual bookstore platform will deliver multiple benefits to over 100,000 new students including:

  • Average savings of 60% off publisher list prices through the Akademos Marketplace
  • A superior, personalized user-experience that enables course materials for an entire term to be ordered in less than 5 minutes
  • Unmatched availability of New, Used, Rental, eBook and Marketplace options
  • The ability to seamlessly use financial aid and campus cards to purchase course materials
  • 24x7x365 online buyback program
  • Free shipping options
  • Dedicated, highly knowledgeable customer service and support

“We’re so pleased to be partnering with Akademos to launch such an innovative bookstore solution,” said Vice President for Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University, Dr. Joey Linn. “This decision contributes to our overall strategy to provide our students with all of the tools they need to succeed, by expanding our offering of course material formats, lowering the costs associated with them, and providing our students with general merchandise and fan shop items that contribute to a complete and successful college experience.”

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