Bridgewater College Moves Textbooks to Fully Online Bookstore

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Bridgewater College Partners with Akademos, an Online Bookstore Provider, to Increase Textbook Affordability

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that Bridgewater College (, an independent, private liberal arts college in Virginia, has joined its list of partner schools.

“Bridgewater College values and promotes a student-centered approach to auxiliary services,” said Anne Keeler, vice president for finance. “We undertook a careful review of college bookstore providers and determined that the best way to serve our students in the future was to partner with Akademos, a fully online bookstore developed specifically to serve the needs of higher education institutions like ours. We believe Akademos stands apart for its service and its unique educational marketplace, which will significantly reduce the cost of learning materials for our students.”

Increasingly, private colleges like Bridgewater are recognizing that their institutions can develop an online shopping experience that brings students back to the college bookstore by providing service and value. At the same time, schools understand that it’s important to provide their faculty with innovative tools to select the best, low-cost instructional materials.

“We are thrilled to begin a partnership with Bridgewater College,” said John Squires, chief executive officer of Akademos. “Our platform leads to increased bookstore efficiencies and an improved overall shopping experience for students. We also believe that lowering the cost of course materials is essential to improve learning outcomes. We applaud Bridgewater for taking this important step to better serve its students.”

To learn more about online bookstore service offerings for educational institutions, visit the Akademos website or sign up for the Akademos newsletter.

About Bridgewater College
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental, and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover, and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool at Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos’ direct-to-students ecommerce platform at and its offerings to partner schools at

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