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Bookstore pilots digital textbooks

By Viktoria K. Heires
On April 27, 2018

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The Kirkwood Bookstore, located in Benton Hall on the main campus is more than a place to buy to books. They carry merchandise not limited to school supplies, from a F’Real Shake Machine with 15 flavors to items to furnish one’s apartment.

Bookstore Manager Kevin Ault talked more about what the Bookstore has to offer. 

Q: What upcoming programs or features might be of interest to Kirkwood’s students?

A: Day One Digital is a program we piloted this spring with 89 students. It will allow for instant digital textbook access the day you sign up for class. And, the price is regulated by the Department of Education so the access codes can only be sold at or below market value, regardless of where they are purchased. We are hoping to ramp up the program this summer and fall.

Students would also be able to buy a loose-leaf version of the digital text at a deep discount.

This is one of the ways we are combating textbook costs.

Q: Can Financial Aid be used to purchase anything in the bookstore?

A: Yes, there is a $1,250 limit. We always suggest that students buy their textbooks first and foremost. Most students don’t know that they can also use their Financial Aid at EagleTech across the hall to purchase a laptop if they need one. And it’s all tax-free.

Q: What are some unique items sold here that students may not be aware of?

A: We sell shower curtains, dishwashing scrubbers and even nurse’s scrubs.

Q: What is your favorite thing about managing the bookstore?

A: The number of people you get to meet here and the diversity in cultures. We have students and employees representing many different countries.

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