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

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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

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NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Akademos announced today that 16 colleges and universities have selected the company 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."

"We look forward to supporting all our new partner institutions," said Kaji. "The unrivaled service and support we provide to colleges and universities across the country has allowed us to be at the forefront of this burgeoning virtual bookstore evolution. This growth will fuel further investment and improvements in our user experiences, technology and service."

About Akademos
Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what's most important to institutions - from full-service virtual bookstores to unique partnerships and products supporting on-campus shops. Akademos delivers cost savings on course materials for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook delivery process.

Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company's comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country.

Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at akademos.com.

 

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