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Coastal Bend College offers online bookstore
Aug 27, 2010 | 516 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coastal Bend College announced Monday that it has partnered with TBC OnCourse, a division of Texas Book Company, to provide more cost-saving options for students purchasing textbooks. The introduction of a CBC virtual bookstore gives students quicker access to textbooks, reduces textbook costs for students, and fulfills new federal guidelines regarding colleges and universities.

Recent revisions to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Section 133, require institutions to provide textbook information as a part of its online or printed schedule of classes. The purpose of this provision is to help college students determine what their textbook costs will be before registration and to know which version of textbooks professors will be using. Students equipped with ISBN numbers and published prices can make more informed decisions about their class schedules and easily purchase the correct textbooks for their courses.

“We understand textbook costs are a major concern to students, not just at Coastal Bend College, but across the nation. At Texas Book Company, we believe a good, solid education is fundamental for a successful future,” said Brent Dyer, president of Texas Book Company.

TBC OnCourse is a fully functional virtual bookstore with a course-driven interface, permitting students to search for books by course and view the author, title, ISBN and pricing information. Students may then order their textbooks and pay by credit card or use financial aid. Course materials are shipped within 24 hours of receiving the order. Students also have the option, at any time during the year, to sell their books back to further reduce their textbook costs.

“The partnership with TBC gives our students many more options,” said Cara Frederick, Coastal Bend College Bookstore manager. “We are very excited about being able to provide a customized online bookstore to our students, who now have more purchasing flexibility. Each student can choose to order books online or come into the bookstore for assistance. We have computer kiosks set up at the bookstore with staff ready to help students order their books and answer any questions.”

For more information or to schedule a virtual tour, stop by the bookstore or contact Cara Frederick at 354-2290.

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