The campus bookstore is no longer the place you go to buy textbooks once a semester. Its new incarnation is part of the changing landscape of what higher education offers students.
Imagine that the campus store you remember from college–the place where you went to buy text books and maybe a school sweatshirt–could be so much more. Now, instead of just a bookstore, it’s a town square/marketplace where students, faculty, and maybe even locals grab lunch, meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine in the evening, plug in for an afternoon of studying, buy an iPad, buy a keyboard, buy a T-shirt, get their laptop fixed, and perhaps buy a book.
Call them next generation campus stores and call the traditional campus bookstore the next venue slated for a certain remake (following in the footsteps of recreation centers and dining halls) as colleges and universities vie to offer students an enhanced college experience and an alternative campus hub while simultaneously dealing with the reality that printed course materials are shrinking as a percentage of store sales.