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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, 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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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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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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The Future of Digital: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed

Posted by admin on 11/20/13 10:00 PM

Our industry has heard about the digital revolution for years; how e-books will overtake print and the textbooks on our shelves will become a thing of the past. Although, we’ve certainly seen a growing number of students taking advantage of digital content, the percentage has remained minimal, leaving the majority of stores wondering if this major shift will ever come.

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Columbus State Community College Promotes Textbook Affordability

Posted by admin on 11/10/13 10:00 PM

In recent years, the rising cost of textbooks has caught the attention of everyone from government agencies to the media. But, college stores have been taking action against the issue for years, ensuring they offer the lowest prices possible to their students. Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has been at the forefront of the movement, doing all that they can to provide the best value; and they have faculty, students, administration and, of course, bookstore staff members, involved in the effort.

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UW Bookstore Explains Their Tricks of the Trade Book Business

Posted by admin on 1/9/12 10:00 PM

Located just north of downtown Seattle, University Book Store at the University of Washington is a college store that knows its books. Unlike many others in the industry, however, their course material sales make up a relatively small percentage of their gross sales. That’s because the UW Book Store has established a general book department that engages UW students, faculty and staff as well as customers from surrounding communities.

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PCC Bookstore Grows with MBS

Posted by admin on 5/5/11 11:00 PM

Portland Community College Bookstore strives to support the college mission by providing exceptional service, reasonably priced items and an overall desire to help students in any way they can. However, with 4 metropolitan campuses, their mission is no easy task. That’s why, for the past 19 years, they have worked alongside MBS to stay on the cutting edge and expand their store with the latest technology.

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MBS Announces Exciting New Partnership with Verba Software

Posted by admin on 4/17/11 12:00 AM

We are proud to announce our partnership with Verba Software, a privately-held technology company, to further expand our customers’ share of campus business through a suite of Web-based, data-driven solutions.

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