Akademos and Peru State College Partner to Reduce Course Material Costs and Improve the Textbook Adoption Process

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Akademos online marketplace saves students up to 60% off the list price of course materials

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Akademos bookstore solution was the best choice for us because it offers our students unbeatable textbook prices and provides state-of-the-art adoption tools that drive process efficiencies while ensuring our faculty make cost-conscious adoption decisions

Akademos, Inc. announced today that Peru State College (http://www.peru.edu) has joined its growing list of 120+ partner institutions. Peru State, a public, four-year institution and Nebraska’s first college, is using the Akademos college bookstore solution to significantly lower textbook costs, improve the efficiency of the textbook adoption process and empower faculty to select affordable, high-quality course materials.

Peru State students can now 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 save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.

The Akademos online shopping platform is fully integrated with Peru State’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to see a personalized list of required textbooks and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students are also able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases. The online storefront has become Peru State’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore, with the campus store selling items including spirit wear and general merchandise.

In addition, the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal is increasing adoption process efficiency by enabling administrators to track textbook adoption progress across individual departments and the entire system. The Portal also makes it easy for faculty to select affordable, high-quality books by providing full visibility into textbook adoption history and real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats.

“With more and more of our students choosing to purchase textbooks from third party websites, it became clear that transitioning to an online bookstore was the only way we could provide them with the savings, selection and convenience they demand,” said Tim Borchers, vice president, academic affairs for Peru State College. “The Akademos college bookstore solution was the best choice for us because it offers our students unbeatable textbook prices and provides state-of-the-art adoption tools that drive process efficiencies while ensuring our faculty make cost-conscious adoption decisions.”

“Many institutions recognize that transitioning to an online bookstore improves textbook affordability, however, the impact that advanced adoption tools can have on textbook costs is often overlooked,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “By recognizing how providing faculty with information such as comparative pricing encourages the adoption of affordable course materials, Peru State is ahead of the game.”

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

About Peru State College
Peru State College, established in 1867 as a teacher training school, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to approximately 2,600 students. The college’s mission is to cultivate the capacity and propensity for life-long learning by fostering independent inquiry and promoting the value of knowledge and discovery.

While Peru State serves students around the globe, the college retains a special commitment to serving the residents and needs of the southeast Nebraska community through education, research and public service programs. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Peru State is also a member of the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education and the Nebraska State College System.

About Akademos
Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what's most important to institutions - from full-service virtual bookstores to unique partnerships and products supporting on-campus shops. Akademos delivers cost savings on course materials for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook delivery process.

Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company’s comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country.

Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at http://www.akademos.com.

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