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CUNY's Medgar Evers College to Launch Online Bookstore to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

NORWALK, CT — Akademos, Inc., a provider of integrated online bookstores and textbook affordability solutions for educational institutions, announced today that City University of New York’s (CUNY) Medgar Evers College (www.mec.cuny.edu) has joined its rapidly growing list of partner schools.

With Akademos’ personalized online bookstore, marketplace and course materials adoption platforms, Medgar Evers students will have significantly expanded access to a broad selection of lower priced textbook options.

“I am pleased to welcome Medgar Evers to Akademos,” says Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We are excited for the opportunity to serve another CUNY school and look forward to applying our experience with Medgar Evers to delivering an innovative online bookstore experience for Medgar Evers students, faculty, and administrators.”

Beginning with summer term 2015, Medgar Evers students can shop for textbooks in the format of their choice across new, used, rental or eBook options and place orders anytime, anywhere through the mobile optimized online bookstore and marketplace. In addition, the bookstore will accept the CUNY Scholar card, enabling students to seamlessly apply financial aid toward their purchases. With the deep SIS integration and best-in-class online shopping experience, Medgar Evers students will now be able to complete their entire textbook ordering for a term in less than five minutes.

“During this time of industry-wide bookstore transformation and competitive online landscape, institutions must find proactive solutions to increase textbook affordability,” says Dr. Augustine Okerke, senior vice president/provost at Medgar Evers. “Our new Akademos powered online bookstore will meet our student’s demand for competitively priced textbooks. Furthermore, Akademos will meet our needs by giving students, faculty and administrators more choices, reducing space requirements, and bringing Medgar Evers a stable business model that serves our institution for years to come."

About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover, and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool. Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos' direct-to-students ecommerce platform at www.textbookx.com and its offerings to partner schools at www.akademos.com.

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