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Seeking Savings for Students, Solano Community College Partners with Barnes & Noble

December 14, 2011

Solano Community College CampusBarnes & Noble College is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Solano Community College to operate its campus bookstore. The 5-year contract transferred management of the bookstore to Barnes & Noble on December 5.

“We’re proud to have formed this partnership with Solano Community College,” said Max J. Roberts, president, Barnes & Noble College. “Our retail excellence, outstanding customer service, and deep understanding of what students and colleges need will help us transform the bookstore into a vital part of the campus community.”

New Cost-Saving Offerings

The bookstore will continue to sell clothing, supplies, gifts and sundries, and all current Solano bookstore employees will retain their jobs. In addition, a number of new and innovative services focused on delivering cost savings and convenience will be introduced to students. Under the terms of the contract, Solano students will now have access to:

  • In-store and online textbook rentals – For the first time, students will have the option of renting textbooks either online or in the bookstore. Students opting for textbook rentals will save more than 50 percent over the cost of a new printed book and can pay for rental fees by using cash, check, credit, or student financial aid.
  • Rapidly expanding selection of eTextbooks – In addition to offering savings of up to 60 percent over new printed books, Barnes & Noble’s revolutionary and free NOOK Study™ application serves up eTextbooks in an engaging format that enhances the overall learning experience.
  • Generous cash-for-books program – Students with books that faculty plan to reuse next semester will be eligible for a 50 percent cash payout, up to needed inventories.
  • Registration Integration – A user-friendly Registration Integration system allows students to reserve and order textbooks immediately after they register for courses online, automatically populating carts with the right books for the right class and making the purchasing process more convenient than ever.

Solano Community College LogoBarnes & Noble College has also taken a leadership position in the use of social media to connect with students. The Solano Community College bookstore will have its own locally managed Facebook page, Foursquare promotions, and an innovative word-of-mouth marketing program to help keep students connected to bookstore products, services, and special events.

Barnes & Noble is proud to partner with Solano Community College. We operate more than 630 campus bookstores across the United States for such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Indiana University, and Tidewater Community College, including 30 in the state of California.

We promise unmatched retail excellence and deliver the next-generation of educational content. Is your bookstore a Barnes & Noble College bookstore? Visit bncollege.com to see a listing of our newest college partners.

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