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December 2016: Win FREE Textbooks for a Term

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 12/1/16 3:45 PM

“Win free textbooks for a term!” This type of message will have a line outside your door because the prize has a high perceived value.

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Submit Your Rental Lists Beginning Nov. 21

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/10/16 5:00 AM

Later this month, you'll be able to ensure you can offer the most cost savings and format options available to your students.

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May the 4th Be With KSU Bookstore

Posted by Dean Asher on 5/23/16 12:00 AM

Since "A New Hope" premiered in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has been one of the most successful and beloved media franchises in the world. In fact, it's gotten so popular that the unofficial holiday "Star Wars Day" is celebrated by fans on May 4 — a pun off of the phrase "May the Force be with you."

It gave University Stores at Kennesaw State University something to celebrate as well. The store took the concept and ran with it for the week of May 2-6, offering a sale for 25% off Star Wars merchandise, and using a Star Wars theme to spruce up its display windows and advertise its rental returns.

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Trends in Textbook Rental [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on 9/1/15 11:50 AM

More and more students want rental these days. So why is that, and where do they get their rental books from? We answer these questions and more in this infographic that covers the most noteworthy trends in the rental industry.

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U of Toronto Press Reaches Nearly 100 Percent of Market Share

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 8/24/15 12:00 AM

Deciding to offer rental seemed like a no-brainer for Chad Saunders, University of Toronto Press' Vice President of Retail.

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Show 'em Why to Buy at the Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on 4/7/15 11:00 PM

You go out of your way to make sure that you give your customers a wide range of affordable merchandise — including providing a variety of ways to buy the course materials they need.

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5 Reasons Why Rental Is Crucial in 2015

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/17/15 10:00 PM

Rental has shaken up the textbook industry over the last five years, and the staying power of this trend indicates that it isn't going to lose traction any time soon. If your store doesn’t currently offer rentals, now is the time to seriously consider it.

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A Head of Lettuce and a College Kiosk

Posted by Rob Heller on 11/19/14 10:00 PM

Check out the latest post from the blog of MBS Wholesale Rep Rob Heller:

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Climbing Higher with MBS Rental

Posted by Rob Heller on 8/5/14 11:00 PM

The following excerpt is from the blog of MBS Wholesale Marketing Representative Rob Heller. Read the rest of his post, and then be sure to check out his other entertaining entries here.

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Chemeketa Community College Sees Boost in ebook, Rental Sales

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/27/14 11:00 PM

The Chemeketa Bookstore is seeing a significant increase in both its rental and ebook sales brought on by just a few shelf talkers, small signs advertising the rental and ebook programs and their advantages on the shelves holding traditional textbooks.

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