University of Maine at Presque Isle Promotes Increased Textbook Affordability with New Virtual Bookstore Partnership

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The University of Maine at Presque Isle has selected Virtual Bookstores to improve student access to affordable course materials. Located in Presque Isle, Maine, UMPI is ranked a top 15 school in the North by U.S. News & World Report and has more than 20 Bachelor’s degree programs and 38 minors.

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" Virtual Bookstores offers an easy-to-use platform, affordable textbook options, and free shipping for our students." - Lydia Kieffer-Till, Campus Center Director, University of Maine at Presque Isle

UMPI is the fifth University of Maine campus to join the growing list of Virtual Bookstore partners. Through a competitive RFP process, the University of Maine System selected as their partner. This system-wide partnership allows any campus in the system to leverage the opportunity to transform into an innovative course materials partner, with the solution already in place for the Farmington, Southern Maine, Machias, and Fort Kent campuses. Through the partnership, UMPI students will obtain course materials at a significantly reduced cost, while also providing a streamlined and convenient ordering process. Bypassing the traditional brick and mortar store with’s Virtual Bookstore solution will save UMPI students up to 70% off publisher list prices, aligning with the college’s commitment to 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 promote UMPI’s pledge to academic excellence by ensuring students are prepared with the right course materials for success. Robust registration integration and single sign-on functionality reflect’s commitment to providing a streamlined and reliable bookstore solution for UMPI students who will immediately see a listing of required textbooks upon registering for their courses. By ordering through their new customized online bookstore, students can confidently secure textbooks and digital content each semester knowing they will receive the correct edition and format for each course. Further complementing the solution for students is a best-in-class customer service team who will provide superior year-round support. Faculty also benefit from a powerful online adoption tool that streamlines the entire adoption process.

"UMPI is looking forward to working with,” said Lydia Kieffer-Till, Campus Center Director of University of Maine at Presque Isle. “The staff has been helpful, knowledgeable and responsive. eCampus offers an easy-to-use platform, affordable textbook options, and free shipping for our students. The changes will also ease the entire submission and ordering process for our faculty. We are excited about a new, efficient tool to offer the UMPI community."

“ is thrilled to be partnering with the University of Maine at Presque Isle to help them improve textbook affordability through an innovative virtual bookstore solution,” said Matt Montgomery, President and CEO. “We are already making a significant impact with four additional campuses in the University of Maine System and applaud UMPI for recognizing the evolving textbook market. Together, we will meet the needs of UMPI students through a customized online platform that aligns with the institution’s commitment to an affordable education that exceeds expectations.” is taking over bookstore services from MBS Direct as the exclusive bookstore for UMPI beginning in Fall 2019.

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About is a premier online retailer of course materials and digital content. Consistently exceeding industry standards,’s mission is to provide the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way for high school, college, and university students to buy, rent, and sell textbooks and access digital content. The company launched on July 2, 1999, the birthday of original investor Dave Thomas of Wendy’s. From the beginning, their driving force has been meeting the needs of the customers they serve. Remaining an innovative leader in the course materials industry, serves over 250 colleges and universities through an innovative course material solutions suite, including full service Virtual Bookstores and the ALL Access program.'s mission enables institutions to increase course material affordability, serving millions of students to date. Through products that simplify the adoption, management and procurement of course materials, propels student success by delivering the right course materials, at the right time, at the right price. Learn more at

About The University of Maine at Presque Isle

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is a public institution filled with dedicated professors who share the latest research and pedagogy in their fields through hands-on activities, interactive discussions, and experiential projects. Twenty Bachelor’s Degree programs are offered, which include 18 concentration options, as well as 7 Associate’s Degree programs, 38 minors, and 5 Certificate programs. UMPI combines liberal arts and selected professional programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire region, boasting nearly 1400 students with growth experience each year. Learn more at

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