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Where We Are
Come visit the Campus Store while on campus! We are located in the Student Alumni Union (SAU)
Benefits of the Virtual Bookstore
Tech forward and intuitive: All of your courses and materials are listed on one page when you log in with your school account, removing the need to search across multiple channels for that information.
Optimized: It takes only minutes to review and order textbooks. The website is also mobile-optimized so you can order from any of your digital devices.
Textbook variety: Select from a variety of formats including new, used, eBook, and rental.
Affordable prices: Shop from the marketplace, where you can save an average of 60% off the list price of textbooks sold by students and other vendors around the country.
Save on new books: Price match guarantee on new books.
Free delivery options: Free economy shipping offers on retail items (not including marketplace).
Sell old books: Post old textbooks for sale on the website's marketplace and name your own selling price.
Most students will have no issues logging into the virtual bookstore. However if you are experiencing difficulty, please review this troubleshooting tips article. As a reminder, the virtual bookstore allows logins from students enrolled in classes on the main RIT campus. If these tips do not solve your login issue, send an email to email@example.com
In addition to new, used, or rental options for textbooks, students may also have options to purchase digital or ebooks, depending on the course material. Akademos also offers a marketplace, which allows students to buy and sell directly from students or other vendors
Textbooks will no longer be sold on campus. Moving to an online model allows students to save money on textbooks while providing an easier shopping option. RIT will continue to operate an on-campus store for branded merchandise, technology, and other items.
TextbookX is the platform through which the RIT Online Bookstore operates. When students order their course materials or contact Customer Experience, they will be interacting with TextbookX, not Akademos, even though they are the same company.
Akademos provides competitive pricing on all materials. Exact savings will depend on which format a student chooses to purchase their course materials. They also offer a price-match guarantee on new books, if students find their course materials advertised at a lower price from a competing retailer. The peer-to-peer marketplace also saves students an average of 60% off on textbook costs.
Students can post textbooks for sale on the marketplace and name their own selling price. Some books have instant bid offers from high-volume sellers, which students can accept or bypass and post it at another price and wait for someone to buy it. Payment is received either as a direct deposit to a bank account or as store credit. If students select to be paid with bookstore credit, an extra 5% is added.
The Akademos course material adoption portal helps faculty and staff consolidate efforts and quickly submit their information. It is designed to make the adoption of textbooks and course materials for the upcoming academic term easier and more efficient for the entire campus community. Some departments have staff members who collect and coordinate adoptions on behalf of the department. The portal will facilitate this process as well.
The Higher Education Opportunities Act requires higher education institutions to provide the list of assigned textbooks for each course (including ISBNs and prices) during registration. Based on the RIT Academic Year Calendar adoptions will be due approximtely 6 weeks prior to the start of a semester. RIT strives to achieve HEOA textbook adoption compliance for at least 95% of all courses as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the start of class.
RIT is required by federal law under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) to inform students of their textbook and course materials and the associated costs at time of class registration. We rely on you and your use of the adoptions analytics portal to be compliant and to be accountable to our students. Posting textbook and course material lists only on course info sites, like Moodle or Colleague, or directing students to view a syllabus does not fulfill the HEOA requirements. Instructors and staff still need to enter this information into the Akademos Portal.
Yes. Akademos recognizes that developing or using OER materials is one of the ways that faculty members can save students money on textbook costs. Through the adoption portal, faculty will be able to indicate when a course uses OER/zero cost materials and can provide a note or link to the location where students can access these items directly.
Every effort is made to provide course materials at the least expensive cost to students. This includes giving multiple options to students to purchase materials either new or used, or in different media type, such as hard copy or digital. When you enter your adoption into https://www.rit.edu/virtualbookstore you can enter multiple adoptions for the same course materials such as a standalone text that offers various purchase options such as hard bound, paperback, loose leaf, or digital content with options to purchase, rent, and new or used; the stand alone digital content; or the bundled product and then using the Student Comments section to explain how these various options work.
Items that you have added to a course in prior terms will show in the course history. Click “View All History” to see all items that were assigned to the course in prior terms. Click "My Department" to view adoptions made by other faculty for the same course.
*Using the course history option is the fastest way to re-adopt materials.
If your course does not use traditional textbooks or course materials, you can indicate that in the Portal by checking the box, “Alternate Adoption Settings" and then selecting one of the listed reasons (1. course does not use books, 2. OER/Zero Cost, or 3. Other non-bookstore materials). Once you select an alternate setting, click "Continue" to submit it to the Bookstore. This marks the course as complete. When students visit the bookstore, they will see messaging saying that they do not need to make a purchase. You can add a course note with further information if you like. For example, if you are using Open Educational Resources, like OpenStax, you can choose the alternate setting "Course uses OER/Zero cost materials" and then add a link to the materials in your course note.
Faculty must request desk copies directly from the publisher/publisher's representative. Links to request copies are usually found on the publisher's site on the product page or help page. You can also request ebook access through VitalSource
Faculty members use the convenient web portal to submit their course materials in advance of each semester. Using this portal, faculty view the courses they will be teaching, select the materials they want to use, and see what costs would be for students. They also have convenient help videos that walk through some of the options available to faculty members.