As Textbooks Go Digital, Campus Bookstores May Go Bookless

 

College 2.0: As Textbooks Go Digital, Campus Bookstores May Go  Bookless 1

Eli Reichman for The Chronicle

The face of the director of the U. of Kansas bookstore, Estella McCollum, is reflected in the console for a print-on-demand service she helped to set up. Called Jayhawk Ink, it could clear shelf space for other products.

By Jeffrey R. Young

As students cut costs by buying books from cheaper online retailers or by downloading e-textbooks, campus bookstores sell fewer and fewer textbooks. That’s triggering an identity crisis for one of the oldest institutions on campus and leading some college officials to ask: If textbooks go digital, does the campus even need a bookstore?

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