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What the Increase in Distance Learning Means for Your School, and Your Brick-and-mortar Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/24/16 5:00 AM

An interesting new statistic is reassuring news for private higher ed institutions that saw their "inevitable downfall" being forecast a few months ago: Distance learners are on the rise at institutions nationally, and it's proving to be a major revenue stream.

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What Your Store Needs to Know about the Latest Instructional Tech Survey

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/11/16 9:04 AM

The majority of faculty members nationwide are increasing their use of technology in the classroom. That's great news for your store.

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UNM Bookstore Ditches Traditional Margins, Adds Price Comparison and Sees Big Boost in Unit Sales

Posted by Dean Asher on 9/19/16 5:00 AM

University of New Mexico Bookstore Director Carrie Mitchell jokes that sometimes, she thinks her state is a little behind the curve of textbook trends. When sales started to stagnate and decline for stores nationwide five or six years ago as students flocked toward perceived better deals online, the UNM Bookstore remained steady.

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Are Students Being Priced Out Of a Higher Education? [White Paper]

Posted by Dean Asher on 6/22/16 5:00 AM

Whether they like it or not, students are most likely going to need their textbooks if they want to be as successful as possible in their pursuit of higher education. But with the costs of both tuition and course materials rising exponentially above the rate of inflation, are students able to afford to be successful? According to figures from the United States Department of Labor and CollegeBoard.org, from 1986 to 2014, overall inflation rose by 115%, but tuition and fees increased by 365% and college textbooks have gone up by 82% in just the last 10 years.

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Drive Traffic to Your Store and Incentivize Students to Put Their Phones Down with Pocket Points

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 5/10/16 11:00 PM

We all recognize that smartphone usage is nearly ubiquitous across the country. The total number of owners is expected to surpass 200 million in the United States, and 2 billion worldwide in 2016. Those statistics, of course, encompass people of all ages and backgrounds – when you start to segment those users by shared traits, the numbers can seem even more overwhelming.

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Is Digital Officially More Popular Than Print?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 4/26/16 11:00 PM

The popularity of digital course materials has been on the rise for years. With products like iPads, Chromebooks and other web-connected devices being more common, affordable and equipped with ever-more advanced technology, it has long seemed inevitable that eBooks would one day claim the throne that’s always been inhabited by print. According to one education publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, the answer to our titular question might just be “yes.”

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Am I Ready For Digital? (Is My Campus?)

Posted by Kate Seat on 11/5/15 1:00 AM

As a store leader, you’re in a unique position. While you have the advantage of hearing firsthand what your students want to see available in your course materials department, you then have to find a way to communicate this to faculty and administration. Ultimately, though, the decision for what to adopt lies with them, so it is especially important that you make a clear case when introducing a new format to offer.

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Why Students and Faculty are Behind Digital Learning, and How You Can Help

Posted by Dean Asher on 9/9/15 4:00 AM

It’s official: students are rallying behind educational technology.

We know that time and time again, it's reported that students prefer reading in print rather than digital. Yet a recent survey by VitalSource Technologies reveals that despite this, the vast majority of students agree that technology can not only help them save money, but improve their grades, academic performance and overall understanding of their learning material.

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Is the Dawn of Digital Finally Here?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 8/25/15 11:00 PM

The increasing use of eBooks, iPads, Chromebooks and other electronic devices in K-12 classrooms could mean a brighter future for digital in Higher Education, despite millennials’ continue preference for print books. With classroom technology being more common than ever, and a generation of the kids that grew up in that era going off to college, it makes sense that these trends could be creeping their way into collegiate lecture halls.

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MBS Selects VitalSource as Digital Fulfillment Vendor For Education Content

Posted by Dean Asher on 2/23/15 6:00 AM

VitalSource Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital content delivery system, today announced that VitalSource has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content.

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