Educational Technology

November 21, 2011

Bookstore adds comparison feature online to curb textbook costs

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Elyse Vesser, University of Missouri Maneater

Student and Auxiliary Services spokeswoman Michelle Froese said MU is taking strides of its own to cut down the cost of textbooks for students. “The bookstore implemented a price comparison feature on our website which allows students to compare our prices to other vendors like Amazon,” she said. “We’re finding that the majority of our customers complete the transaction with the bookstore even after comparing, and we continue to find ways to be more competitive in terms of pricing.” The bookstore also promotes used books as an alternative to paying full price for new books. Froese said used books account for more than 40 percent of bookstore sales. Course packets offer another way for students to save money, Froese said. “We have a custom publishing department (Mizzou Media) that creates course packets,” she said. “A course packet can be highly cost effective. Instead of requiring multiple books, a professor can select portions of those books and have them included in a course packet.”

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