Lawrence University Partners with Akademos to Lower Textbook Prices for Students

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New online bookstore will provide advanced tools and actionable data to the institution to support student success

Lawrence University (pictured) to partner with Akademos on new online bookstore
“At Lawrence, we understand that investing in a small liberal arts college is a big commitment for parents and students... Having the materials they need, when they need them and at an affordable price, should help our students achieve academic success.” - Bob Williams, associate dean of the faculty

Lawrence University has selected Akademos as its new online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials. The institution, a liberal arts college and conservatory of music, serves 1,500 students each year, from nearly every state and 50 countries – all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience. The University will launch its new online bookstore this summer in support of its Fall Term 2018.

Seamless integration between the student information system and the Akademos Course Materials Platform (CMP)TM will allow students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses, and to order materials for an entire term in less than five minutes. A wide selection across new, used, rental and eBook formats will be offered and, when using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer Marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks, students will save an average of 60% off publisher list prices. Through the partnership, Lawrence students will also be able to leverage free shipping offers and Akademos’ proprietary LMS widget to view required course materials through Canvas.

“At Lawrence, we understand that investing in a small liberal arts college is a big commitment for parents and students,” said Bob Williams, associate dean of the faculty. “Our partnership with Akademos will provide our students with a full online bookstore with a wide variety of high-quality course materials at far lower prices. Having the materials they need, when they need them and at an affordable price, should help our students achieve academic success.”

The online bookstore will also support the University’s faculty and administrators, who will benefit from an easy-to-use and powerful Adoption & Analytics Portal. This platform offers a step-by-step guide for course material adoptions, recommendations and adoption history, and the ability to compare real-time prices for course materials. The analytics tool will also enable faculty and the university’s leadership to track critical data, including classroom and aggregate student purchasing and bookstore utilization, that can be easily merged with the institution’s student success database.

“When an institution provides more affordable and accessible textbooks to its students, we’ve seen it drive bookstore utilization, which results in better prepared students and overall success for the institution,” said John Squires, CEO, Akademos. “We’re excited to partner with Lawrence University, and we look forward to providing them and their students with lower course material prices and outstanding service.”

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

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

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