Roanoke College Adopts Innovative Online Bookstore Solution

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Roanoke College partners with Akademos, an online bookstore provider focused on student success and affordable textbook options, to deliver its students significant discounts on course materials.

As Roanoke’s academic curriculum is continually evolving to support student success, so too must the campus bookstore.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that Roanoke College (, a private liberal arts college in Virginia, has joined its list of partner schools. Roanoke, along with Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, is among the growing list of Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) member schools that are moving to Akademos.

Starting in Fall 2015, Roanoke students can shop for books in the format of their
choice— new, used, rental or eBook— and place orders anywhere, anytime through an online bookstore and marketplace. As an added benefit, Akademos’ planned integration with Roanoke’s Blackboard Transact OneCard will enable students to seamlessly apply financial aid toward their purchases.

“At Roanoke College, our mission is to develop students into community leaders and responsible citizens while also preparing them for productive careers,” said Mark Noftsinger, Vice President of Business Affairs. “As Roanoke’s academic curriculum is continually evolving to support student success, so too must the campus bookstore.”

“We’ve operated a very successful campus store for many years, but now we need an online platform to best serve our faculty and student needs for learning materials,” said Noftsinger. “Akademos’ ecommerce platform will give students a personalized shopping experience, and the Marketplace will meet student demand for competitively priced textbooks. In addition, we’ve consulted with Akademos to develop a plan to transition our on-campus store to a spirit shop that will focus on soft goods and service. We believe this approach will give Roanoke College the best combination of service and value.”

“I am pleased to welcome Roanoke College to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We are excited for Roanoke students to experience our new store design and mobile-optimized shopping experience. We’re also committed to continuous innovation around the concepts of value and ease of use to improve service for Roanoke students, faculty and administrators alike.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit the Akademos website. To see how the Akademos solution can work for your school, register today for a 1:1 consultation.

About Roanoke College
Consistently ranked in the top 10% of all colleges in the country by the Princeton Review and Forbes, as well as #2 on the U.S. News list of Up and Coming National Liberal Arts Colleges, Roanoke delivers a classic education built for success in the modern world. We are an independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with approximately 2,100 students from 40 states and 25 countries. For more information, visit

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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