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4 Ways to End Backorders Before You Have Them

Posted by Dean Asher on Apr 16, 2015 4:00:00 AM
Topics: Higher Ed, K-12, Marketing to Students

Problem titles don't have to be a thorn in your students' sides.

“We’re sorry, but your book is on backorder. We will email you when it is available.”

It’s the last thing you want your students to have to read. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often with MBS Direct. Even more fortunately, there are ways you can help prevent it altogether.

Problem titles don't have to be a thorn in your students' sides.

With these four easy tips you can save students and staff the hassle and improve learning outcomes by getting the right book in the right hands.

Submit Updated Enrollments

MBS Direct uses the number of students your school has enrolled for its next term when we work with publishers to procure books, so we can make sure we allocate enough texts for your program. The more accurate enrollment information we have, the less likely you'll be to have back orders. Be sure to keep your enrollments up to date!

Submit Your Book Lists on Time

You've heard this one before, but it's an important one. Timely adoptions can make all the difference between getting enough books for your students and having a slew of backorders. Having books in hand at the start of the term can make a big difference in a students' success, so be sure to submit your adoption lists by the deadline — or early, if possible.

Use More Current Editions

adoption tools 2Adopting a previous edition can be an excellent way to save students money, but you have to be careful. If the edition is old enough, there just might not be enough copies readily available. This can go beyond backorders and leave students without access to the right book. They may even have to go somewhere else to get their titles, where they risk even longer delays or receiving the wrong book altogether.

Avoid "DUE" Books

It's fairly rare, but sometimes books are available for adoption that are labeled as "DUE." Titles with DUE status means they are not scheduled to publish until later in the summer, or sometimes even after the start of classes. It's always a good idea to double check your adoption list for DUE titles to make sure students aren't stuck waiting until after the start of term to even have a chance to receive their course materials.

Course Director makes all of this easy. Ensure there are enough lower-cost options for your students next term, and make the adoption process a breeze.

RELATED:10 Ways Savvy Adoptions Can Lead to Student Savings

About Dean Asher

Dean Asher is a former copywriter with MBS. Though he no longer writes for us, he is still proud of having helped this blog continue to evolve as an industry-leading resource of news and original content.

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