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Barnes & Noble Education and Pearson Expand Relationship, Driving Access and Affordability at Campuses Nationwide

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

June 19, 2018, Basking Ridge, NJBarnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, today announced an agreement with Pearson to distribute Pearson rental titles at the Company’s 1,483 physical and virtual campus bookstores nationwide. The agreement will allow the companies to provide students, faculty and institutions with greater access to more affordable course materials.

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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 28, 2018 5:31:00 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption notice ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the official bookstore schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Textbook Wisdom: Do Your Students Know the Value of Books?

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Looking back, the things I told students about the value of books were way too abstract. When I was a teacher, I didn’t realize that the cost of course materials had soared in recent years. I didn’t know many students opted out of buying required books altogether. I thought they simply believed they could do well in an English class without reading — and I had all kinds of theories about why they dismissed reading assigned literature as unimportant. In some ways, I might have been right, but, in others, I was flat-out wrong.

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3 Ways a Bookstore Can Boost (or Undermine) Retention

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Grades, school cost, student satisfaction: All influence student retention. Your campus bookstore — whether virtual or brick-and-mortar — has a critical impact on all three factors.

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Spotlight Lori Van Gerpen: You Need at Least One Foot on the Train

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 30, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Territory Manager Lori Van Gerpen meets with college stores and campus administrators across the nation. With more than 15 years in the course material industry — plus several years’ experience working in collegiate retail — Van Gerpen has a wealth of knowledge to share with those struggling to find course material solutions. We sat down with her to discuss the future of the industry — digital, Open Educational Resources (OER) and the need for all stakeholders in the course material process to be prepared for change.

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Who Needs It? Explain Why the Book You Selected Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Introducing “Textbook Wisdom,” a Direct Network series that speaks directly to faculty about the course materials industry and its impact in the classroom. Share it with faculty — and on social media. Bridge the communication gap between administrators and educators.

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3 Guaranteed Ways to Save Students the Most Money

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With declining enrollment in K–12 and higher education, student retention is essential. There’s not an endless stream of students to replace those who choose not to continue their education. At-risk students and families need to know your school understands their challenges and will help them find the best solutions.

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Low Cost Digital Content Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Quality and affordable course materials aren’t mutually exclusive. Without the production costs of a traditional textbook, digital course materials are available at lower prices and can be customized for individual classes. Through MBS Direct's digital options, educators can meet the needs of their classroom and enhance student learning and engagement.

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10 Ways Savvy Adoptions Can Lead to Student Savings

Posted by Kate Seat on Mar 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When choosing course materials, it’s possible to provide quality and lower costs for your students — all it takes is a little careful consideration.

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6 Ways Students Benefit from an Online Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

College students lead busy lives. Juggling classes, homework, jobs, extracurricular activities and their personal lives doesn't leave a lot of free time to devote to searching for the course materials they need to succeed. An Online Bookstore provides these price-savvy shoppers with convenience, increased savings and a broader selection. Here's how:

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