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The Real Reasons Students Aren’t Getting Their Hands on Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students are not purchasing their course materials and there are reasons outside of cost. Factors include faculty disagreeing with administration, students spending their money elsewhere and a lack of selection when trying to purchase materials late.

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Your Students Are Wrong About 'optional' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 13, 2016 12:09:22 PM

Students are buying fewer textbooks from one year to the next. However, the reasons do not rest solely on cost.

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6 Options to Lower the Cost of Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Save your students the most money on course materials. MBS Direct makes it easy with multiple ways to reduce costs. Maximize affordability at your school by following our checklist.

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MBS Direct Saves Students More Than $32 Million in the 2015-16 School Year

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Sep 30, 2016 10:56:12 AM

Students and their families saved more than $32 million in the 2015-16 school year due to multiple MBS Direct programs and strategies. Serving both K-12 and Higher Education customers, MBS Direct shipped more than 3 million items serving more than 625,000 students, offering a variety of options that not only saved money at the time of purchase, but also decreased the cost of ownership of course materials. Some of the options that lead to customer savings include a variety of purchase options based specifically on customer needs, availability of materials at the time of purchase and aggressive pricing on textbook buybacks.

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4 Key Ways to Increase Affordability for K-12 Families

Posted by Kate Seat on Oct 6, 2015 8:48:24 AM

When it comes to your institution's mission or core values, does affordability for your families play an important role? Are the cost of textbooks equivalent to the value they're providing? Is your families' perspective the same as yours? 

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More Than $30 Million in Savings in 2014-15

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Sep 15, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Saving students money on their course materials is one of the things we here at MBS Direct are most proud of. We recognize the kinds of budgets the majority of students live on, and we’re happy to be able to provide any measure of financial relief.

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Randolph College Lowers Costs to Students Through MBS Direct

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 1, 2015 5:00:00 AM

When issues with their previous solution made Randolph College choose a new online course material fulfillment provider in 2012, it opted to partner with MBS Direct. What they got was more than just lower costs on course materials and an intuitive Online Bookstore — it got better service for its school and students in every step of the process.

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6 Ways Students Can Benefit from an Online School Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on Apr 14, 2015 4:05:00 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 books they need to succeed in their studies. An Online Bookstore can provide these price-savvy shoppers with convenience, increased savings and a broader selection. Here's how:

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Why Course Packs May Be a Perfect Fit

Posted by Kate Seat on Apr 1, 2015 11:00:00 PM

In your institution, how much of each adopted text actually gets used for its respective class? While the answer will certainly vary, for those cases where the required textbooks are underutilized, it may be time to consider alternative course materials. For some classes, adopting a course pack could be a better fit.

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10 Ways Savvy Adoptions Can Lead to Student Savings

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 19, 2015 10:00:00 PM

When it comes to 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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