Austin College Moves to Online-Only Bookstore 9/1/13
September 1, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A historically black college in Austin has closed its only campus bookstore and moved to sell books and course materials exclusively online.
The Austin American Statesman reported Sunday that Huston-Tillotson University closed its campus bookstore in June.
Now, instead of stacks of books and long lines of students, there's simply an empty space in the student union where the bookstore used to be.
Over the summer, the university began an agreement with an online textbook provider that established a "virtual bookstore" for the campus.
The new online store offers books by class and allows students clicking on a particular course to see a list of required books.
Also offered are costs to buy the books new and used, as well as rent them or buy them as e-books.