Friday, January 29, 2010

Digital Platform for Campus Stores Announcement

Campus Stores Canada Announcement (January 29, 2010)

To All CSC Members:

In September 2009, an announcement was released regarding a digital platform being developed for Canadian and American campus stores. You can read about the announcement from CCRA and NACS Media Solutions at

Since this announcement the CSC has been actively working with the CCRA to make this digital platform available to its members. We are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached and the first phase is now available to all CSC members. This phase will allow your store to provide free access to copyrighted Digital Study Versions of public domain books in ePub format free-of-charge. This will be a key first step in your efforts to retain market share with your students by being the source for free content. The digital platform can be accessed free of charge. As a result, there are no warranties, expressed or implied, and no technical support is being provided (and it is expected that none will be needed for the implementation of this phase).

Individual stores can sign up at:

Or, stores can place this link on their site:

This announcement will be posted on CSC’s blog as well, and members can post questions using the Comment feature.

CSC Digital Committee
Paul Wilde (Chair), Mike Zybala, Darrell Kane, and Scott Henderson

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top Ten Books of Past Decade

Sure, the height of January Rush is in the air, and as campus booksellers we're franctically trying to stay on top of the needs of students returning to class after a holiday break. It's a fun, yet stressful time of year where we have too little space, too much stress over shipments of late-adopted and published out of stock books and more competition from more angles than ever in our history.

What better time, then, to escape into the land of "reading for the pleasure of it" with a look at an eclectic selection of the "Top 10 Books" of the past decade?

Appearing on The Mark News (A Canadian "News & Perspectives Daily" column) is my personal selection of my favourite books from the past ten years along with a 9 minute audio interview on the future of reading.

C'mon campus booksellers, pipe in on the comment section -- what would be YOUR top picks?

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