After 17 years, the partnership between the University of South Dakota and Barnes & Noble is officially coming to an end. Now that just leaves one question: Where will students be able to pick up their books?
In an effort to compete with online retailers, USD is getting ready to implement their new online bookstore in their Munster University Center.
It will be taking the place of their current book store, Barnes & Noble.
“There won’t be a physical book inventory in a book store, however, there will be a bookstore called Charlie’s on campus where they can get help and supplies,” USD Public Relations Officer Hailie Warren said.
Charlie’s Store already has a location downtown. It’s a place students can buy all sorts of accessories and coyote themed gear.
“Having the location in the student center, it makes it more accessible for students. They’re more likely to see the window and see something they want to get,” USD Senior Jensen Twite said.
Along with this new location, comes new features, such as their online book store. By partnering with a new vendor Akademos, the store is looking to provide books that are more cost effective for students.
“The Akademos model, other universities have shown, in some cases, 60 percent savings against the normal publisher listing price,” Warren said.
With the service, students can order their books from just about anywhere. And they’ll get shipped directly to the store ready for pickup.
“We’re going to have books coming in constantly as students are ordering them. There’s still a big inventory or awesome USD gear, there’s still a bunch of different supplies for students,” Warren said.
“I usually order my books online anyways. I just like having them shipped to me instead of having to go into the store so I think for me if I was still a student, I would be pretty excited about an online book store,” Twite said.
The new system is looking to be put in place over the summer. To learn more about Akademos click here.
And to find out more about the University of South Dakota’s latest addition, click here.