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Wright State University’s on-campus bookstore will no longer offer conventional print book options beginning in the fall 2022 semester. The new provider, eCampus, will focus on e-books and online services.

The new contract

At the April 29 Board Finance, Audit, Governance and Compliance Committee meeting, it was announced that the university was changing bookstore providers from Barnes and Noble to a corporate of electronic books called eCampus.

According to Greg Sample, executive vice president and chief operating officer of WSU, the university’s contract with Barnes and Noble began in 1991 with a focus on paper books.

“It’s been a business relationship that has been wonderful at times and awful at times,” Sample said during the meeting.

Sample went on to explain that there is a drop in demand for paper books and an increase in demand for more virtual options. eCampus focuses on e-books and online services. Under this new deal, the bookstore will continue to sell spirits products but will no longer offer physical books in the same way as Barnes & Noble.

“We can understand that we no longer need physical storage for books,” Sample said.

According to Seth Bauguess, director of communications, the new eCampus bookstore will still offer some options for purchasing books in person.

At the time of publication, it is unknown how many books will be offered in person.

Other regional colleges and universities, including Sinclair College and the University of Miami, use eCampus services.

The nine million dollar contract with the company begins on July 1, 2022 and will be renewed in June 2027, according to the contract.

In addition to the contract change, the university is in the process of moving the physical location of the Dayton campus bookstore. The new bookstore will be located at 190 Student Union, the former location of the University Center for International Education.

According to Sample, the current bookstore space will become an event and programming space. All changes should be completed by the fall semester.


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