Akademos, BCCC partner to improve textbook affordability

Published 2:14 am Monday, November 7, 2016

From Akademos Inc.

NORWALK, Conn. — Akademos Inc., a leading provider of college bookstore solutions and integrated online marketplaces for educational institutions, announced Oct. 31 that Beaufort County Community College has joined its fast-growing list of partner schools.

Beaufort County Community College, a public institution based in Washington, provides associate degree, diploma, certificate and continuing education programs for arts and sciences, business/industry and allied health. These programs are designed to help students transfer to a four-year college or go directly into the workforce, as well as serve individuals who simply wish to advance their skills.

Starting in spring 2017, BCCC students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students can save an average of 60 percent off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 18 million unique titles.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with BCCC’s student information system, enabling students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for their courses and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students will also be able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.

“The high cost of course materials was making it increasingly difficult for us to fulfill our mission to provide our students with an accessible and affordable education,” said Mark Nelson, vice president of administration at BCCC. “Partnering with Akademos enables us to bring down student costs by providing our students with an unmatched selection of affordable course materials in a wide variety of formats and purchase options.”

“Our unique marketplace and e-commerce platform will provide BCCC students with the choice, value and convenience they demand,” said John Squires, chief executive officer of Akademos. “We’re looking forward to working with BCCC to provide their students with a highly personalized and intuitive course material ordering experience.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit akademos.com.