Virtual Bookstores Partners with Lackawanna College to Improve Textbook Affordability for Students

Share Article, an industry-leading provider of online course material solutions for colleges and universities, has announced their Virtual Bookstore partnership with Lackawanna College, a premier private, accredited institution in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Virtual Bookstores
“Our partnership with will allow our students to purchase textbooks and course materials easily online without having to travel to our Scranton campus, a convenient option for online students and those taking classes at our satellite centers." - Mark Volk, President, Lackawanna College

After a competitive search for a partner to meet their textbook needs, Lackawanna College selected Virtual Bookstores to help students obtain course materials at a significantly reduced cost, while also providing a streamlined and convenient ordering process. With a main campus in Scranton and 6 satellite centers to serve, Lackawanna will now be able to offer all students a centralized online textbook buying experience without requiring students to travel to the main campus to acquire materials. Bypassing the traditional brick and mortar store with’s Virtual Bookstore solution will save Lackawanna students an average of up to 70% off publisher list prices, aligning with the College’s focus of providing an exceptional education at an affordable price. Beyond cost savings, students can take advantage of every purchasing option, including new, used, rental, eTextbook, and an expansive network of third-party Marketplace sellers.

The platform will offer a seamless integration with Lackawanna’s Student Information System, creating a customized ordering process utilizing Single Sign-On (SSO). With SSO, the purchasing process is even more simplified as students can make purchases and use financial aid directly from their student portal. With this cohesive strategy, students will also enjoy the convenience of registration integration. When students register for courses, they will instantly see a personalized listing of required textbooks according to their schedule, along with the ability to purchase or rent the materials with the click of a button. Further ensuring ease of ordering in high foot traffic areas of the campus, will provide the College with on-campus branded iPad kiosks for students to place orders, check an order status, and access customer support.

In addition to student benefits, the Virtual Bookstore will also serve Lackawanna College faculty with a powerful online adoption tool to streamline the entire adoption process and improve efficiencies. The Faculty Adoption Support Tool (FAST) offers an intuitive interface with step-by-step guides to research, compare real-time pricing, and adopt course materials, along with the academic freedom to choose best-fit content from over 10 million titles, regardless of publisher or platform. Faculty also benefit from a dedicated Management Team to extend additional adoption support.

"Lackawanna College is dedicated to fostering positive experiences for our students, and that includes finding resources for them that are convenient and easy to use,” said Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College. “Our partnership with will allow our students to purchase textbooks and course materials easily online without having to travel to our Scranton campus, a convenient option for online students and for those taking classes at our satellite centers."

Matt Montgomery, President and CEO of, commented on the Lackawanna partnership:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Lackawanna College to help them address textbook affordability through an innovative virtual bookstore solution. We look forward to providing their students with the course materials they need at a competitive price, all through a customized online platform that aligns with the institution’s commitment to an affordable education that exceeds expectations.”

Lackawanna students will have full access to their Virtual Bookstore in Summer 2018. More information on Virtual Bookstores can be found at

About is a premier online retailer of new, used, and digital content for sale or rent, study materials, and book buyback services. The website launched on July 2, 1999, the birthday of original investor Dave Thomas of Wendy’s, and pioneered selling used textbooks online. Unlike other dot-com companies at the time,’s executive team brought with them invaluable experience in the textbook industry. The company has repeatedly found success in their ability to be agile and innovative, adapting to the ever-changing textbook market.’s mission is to set online bookstore industry standards for savings, selection, convenience, and customer service as expressed in its slogan, “Textbooks Easy. Fast. Cheap!” Learn more at

About Lackawanna College

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at

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