UMass Amherst Selects eCampus to Operate Virtual Bookstore

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AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected eCampus, one of the nation’s largest online textbook retailers, to operate its virtual bookstore through June 2024.The service, which will be integrated with SPIRE, the university’s online student information system, offers new, used, rental and digital materials and buy-back options.
Amazon, which has provided the service since 2015, is moving away from its campus bookstore business model and will cease to be the university’s provider of course material after the fall semester.
The first five months of the eCampus contract, which went into effect Aug. 1, is considered a transition period. eCampus will provide textbooks and other course materials for academic terms beginning with the four-week 2018-19 winter session, which begins Dec. 26.
Terms include two-day free shipping on all orders placed on the eCampus Virtual Course Materials Store, excluding Marketplace, with orders received by 4 p.m. shipped that day.
“We recognize the challenges students face with the rising costs of higher education and are dedicated to increasing textbook affordability through our new partnership with Virtual Bookstores,” said Andrew Mangels, vice chancellor for administration and finance at UMass Amherst.
“We’re thrilled to welcome UMass Amherst to the Virtual Bookstore program and applaud this institution who is making college affordability a priority for their students,” said Matt Montgomery, president and CEO of “Through increased access to best-fit course content, we look forward to providing a new online bookstore standard for the institution that aligns with their mission of excellence and innovation. Together with UMass Amherst, will promote academic success through a superior customer experience that best serves the needs of both students and faculty.”  
Using eCampus’ adoption tool, faculty members will select required and recommended course materials. The adoption tool will be integrated with SPIRE, so materials and notes added in the adoption …

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