Open Road and Bill Gates Revitalize Business Adventures

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Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the U.S., always had a mouth that moved financial markets. Now he’s showing Oprah-like abilities to drive the book market too.

A few weeks back, on his blog the Gates Notes, he named Business Adventures, a long forgotten, out-of-print collection of stories penned New Yorker’s John Brooks, the best business book he ever read. The book, published in 1971–and until this month, out of print–went viral.

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City Colleges of Chicago Saves Students $4 Million with Akademos

CCCCity Colleges of Chicago students will soon have significantly expanded access to a wide array of affordable textbook options, thanks to a new contract with Akademos approved by the institution’s Board of Trustees.  

 
Due to improved discounts and greater access to used books, eBooks, and textbook rentals, City Colleges estimates that its students will collectively save up to $4 million annually compared to current textbook vendor arrangements. Akademos was deemed most responsive overall on issues of cost and student service.  
 
“Textbook prices have exploded during the last thirty years, rising faster than tuition and healthcare rates,” Chancellor Cheryl Hyman said. “With this new contract, we will bring significant relief to students in the form of new and more affordable textbook options and ensure City Colleges continues to offer one of the best educational values in the region.”  
 
Through the new contract with Akademos, for the first time, students will be able to order books through a 24/7 online bookstore and marketplace in their preferred format—eBook, new, used, or rental—and apply financial aid and/or vouchers to complete the purchase electronically. The new system will launch on April 4, 2014, the first day of registration for the summer term.   

City Colleges of Chicago students will soon have significantly expanded access to a wide array of affordable textbook options, thanks to a new contract with Akademos approved by the institution’s Board of Trustees.

Due to improved discounts and greater access to used books, eBooks, and textbook rentals, City Colleges estimates that its students will collectively save up to $4 million annually compared to current textbook vendor arrangements. Akademos was deemed most responsive overall on issues of cost and student service.

“Textbook prices have exploded during the last thirty years, rising faster than tuition and healthcare rates,” Chancellor Cheryl Hyman said. “With this new contract, we will bring significant relief to students in the form of new and more affordable textbook options and ensure City Colleges continues to offer one of the best educational values in the region.”

Through the new contract with Akademos, for the first time, students will be able to order books through a 24/7 online bookstore and marketplace in their preferred format—eBook, new, used, or rental—and apply financial aid and/or vouchers to complete the purchase electronically. The new system will launch on April 4, 2014, the first day of registration for the summer term.    Read More….

College CFO’s Confirm Students are Shopping Outside the College Bookstore Looking for More Competitive Textbook Pricing

AKALogoBLKbgrndBBTagNorwalk, CT– A majority of college CFOs (89%) confirm that students are increasingly turning away from campus-based bookstores in favor of online, third-party providers that offer textbooks at lower prices, according to a new survey from Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions. Read more…

Akademos Ranks Textbook Affordability for 1,500 Colleges and Universities

AKALogoBLKbgrndBBTagNorwalk, CT—For the first time ever, 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities have been rated by the affordability of their textbooks. Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, has created a Textbook Affordability Index that ranks institutions according to the affordability of their course materials by subject matter and among peer schools.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Partners with Akademos to Improve Online Bookstore Services

Growing List of Psychology Schools Deploying TextbookX Bookstores Hosted by Akademos

AkademosNorwalk, CT- Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced that The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), a nonprofit graduate school, has joined its list of partner schools.

Institutions with a wide variety of psychology degrees and coursework are increasingly turning to virtual bookstores to streamline textbook purchases for their students. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, with greater demand in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and social services agencies. Coursework content is specialized, and by moving to an online bookstore model, more affordable textbook costs can help reduce expenses for prospective and current students.

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Florida Technical Colleges Adopt Virtual Bookstores as Cost-Effective Alternative to On-Campus Bookstores

 Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced at the Association of Florida Colleges convention that Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center and Withlacoochee Technical Institute have signed on as new clients.

Joining the growing list of Florida-based technical colleges that are embracing turnkey virtual bookstores, both schools cited reducing textbook costs for students as a key driver for the change. Additional benefits sought in the transition from brick-and-mortar to online bookstore include increased flexibility, improved efficiency, and reduced overhead costs, especially those costs associated with managing a physical, on-campus bookstore. 

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Scripps Networks Interactive acquires RealGravity Inc.

 

January 31, 2012. 

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI), seeking to enhance the digital video capabilities of its growing lifestyle media businesses, has acquired RealGravity Inc., a California-based company that specializes in online video publishing technologies.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, RealGravity has developed an innovative platform that manages and publishes video content. The company’s cofounders and its 10 employees in Los Angeles and San Francisco will join the Scripps Networks Interactive digital team.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.

Nine Titles Join Alice Walker Ebook Collection From Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road Integrated Media announces the ebook publication of nine titles by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, including novels The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian; poetry collections Revolutionary Petunias, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, and Once; short story collections You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down and In Love & Trouble; and essay collections Living by the Word and In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. The titles join three novels published by Open Road Media in September: the triptych including novels The Color Purple, which is published under the Open Road Iconic Ebook imprint, The Temple of My Familiarand Possessing the Secret of Joy. This release brings the Alice Walker Open Road Media ebook collection to twelve titles.

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