The Future College Bookstore: Leave The Books, Take The Panini

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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.

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43 Responses to The Future College Bookstore: Leave The Books, Take The Panini

  1. Courtney Achille February 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    The bookstore at Seton Hall University displays the qualities of a classic bookstore unlike the new innovations that are applied to college bookstores today. In addition, the Seton Hall bookstore sells mostly textbooks, apparel, and some packaged food. Universities with a higher population attending are making their bookstores into a place to hang with friends or grab a bite to eat. In addition, I visited a friend at Rutgers University and her bookstore consisted of a Starbucks, a small restaurant, and many table so students can sit around with their friends. The modern bookstore has become a popular place for students to spend their time because it provides everything a student needs. Colleges have developed bookstores that provide nice meals, coffee, and have created a general hang out where people can meet with their friends. The innovations to develop these bookstores have made the store become more of a lounge rather than a place to buy books or apparel.

    Most of the bookstores in the big universities and colleges have refrained from selling a lot of textbooks because the school is gaining more money through selling food and coffee than by selling textbooks. The textbook industry has rapidly changed due to the digital age and different resources for cheaper textbooks. Chegg and Amazon are websites that offer cheap textbooks for students and they are both the main sources that the modern student uses to buy their textbooks. I do not buy any textbooks from the Seton Hall bookstore because they are overly expensive; hence, I rent textbooks from Chegg since the company understands that students do not want to pay a ton of money for resources they need every semester. Ebooks are also becoming an available option for textbooks and these books are much cheaper than regular textbooks. The bookstores have become less characteristic of selling actual books and should now be known more as lounges or restaurants.

  2. Dakota Best February 12, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I feel like this article really illustrates what colleges are moving towards; a more communal and together sense of being. The first step of making the campus store a hub of activity, and a popular hangout place really brings life to a campus in my opinion. When looking at colleges I saw that some had this aspect, a very lively “bookstore” and others did not. I really liked the feel and vibes that these bookstores/ hangouts gave. Even if they were not all in one building, but in like a circle surrounding a courtyard, still gives the feel and vibes of a lively and fun campus. I feel that if colleges move towards this aspect, and try to make their bookstores a hangout place that they will draw more attention to their campus.

    Seton Hall on the other hand has a unique bookstore none the less. The atmosphere that is in the book store really gives a lively and upbeat sense to it. Even though it is not a central part of campus, i still gets a lot of traffic due to its location and all that it sells. I really feel like the book store here on campus does a great job of being a place to go. It is in a good location, across from Dunkin and on the way to the center of campus. I feel like the campus store is good as is, but if it was to get an upgrade I feel like it would help with the popularity and the look of the school. But I feel like that if the school was to upgrade the bookstore to be a more hub that it should try and keep the feel that the campus has right now.

  3. Joe Iuliano February 12, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    A college bookstore is sometimes key to how someone makes their college decision. When I was visiting colleges my senior year, a trip my family always seemed to make was to go to the bookstore before we left the campus. Some of the book stores were absolutely phenomenal and some were just mediocre. Now that there is a possibility of changing all bookstores around the country opens up more opportunities for students and gives a better image to the school as well.
    A book store offers so many wonderful resources to be successful in college. Whether it be the right clothes to wear or the the right books a student should purchase, they are all useful to a students experience at their choice of school. Imagine if the bookstore had cafe’s, study lounges, etc located there, every student would probably chose to go there when they are on breaks or even just to hangout because everything you need is located in that book store. Some of these book stores already exist, like at UPenn and Arizona State where their bookstores have market places and lounges along with what a typical book store offers.
    These types of book stores pen up so many more opportunities for students as well in working for the school. All of these new factors that these new super book stores are all things that effect a students decision on a school as well. I think these schools should start and consider to open up these super book stores because it will effect the school in an extremely positive way in the long run.

  4. Alan Vartabedian February 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    I completely agree with the author’s notion that the old fashioned bookstore is a thing of the past. As our world is advancing, we have appeared to grow out of the need for paper textbooks and/or books given the extensive access to internet among campuses across the country. With that being said, the campus bookstore must be innovated to something similar to that of a marketplace. Given the extensive presence of electronics in campus life, it is vital that there is a change to the bookstore. In addition, there should be a market place of food available just as there is a food court in malls.
    As a student at Seton Hall, I noticed that access to electronic equipment is more valuable than access to paper books. In the book store here at Seton Hall, the selection of electronic equipment is inferior to the selection of paper books, magazines and other merchandise. It is important that equipment such as: chargers, cables and other various computer components are available. In addition, there should be a wide selection of food sources available for purchase, as finding great food on campus is sometimes hard to come by. Therefore, if the bookstore is set up similar to a campus bazaar, there should be a food court proving students with quick ready to eat meals on the go. With these amenities, students of the future are bound to succeed in their time at college.

  5. Jazmine Robles February 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    I found this article especially interesting, comical, and definitely relevant to my life as a college student. If you take a look at the Seton Hall bookstore you will see that there are a bunch of different things to invest in besides books. You can choose from a wide array of snacks and beverages and basically make a small meal. We are in the year 2015, most of the people I associate myself with and myself all buy e-books for our classes because we are always on our laptops and mostly because they are significantly cheaper than print books. If it is more economically reasonable, I do not see why our campus bookstore cannot evolve into the kind mentioned in the article.

    I feel like these super book stores would be essential to any college campus. it would provide an area for students to study and get food. It would also attract more students to enroll on campus and give better options for current students. I know for a fact that at Seton Hall there needs to be more options given in regards to food and a place to study. The library is jam packed and food lines are ridiculous. I think this article presents a strategy that all college campuses should consider. College should move towards this innovative goal and it is definitely a golden opportunity.

  6. Suzaun Shahamat February 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Okay so first of all, after reading this article I want to start college all over again!! Let me just start off with some kind of background about the college bookstores I have been to! All of the bookstores Ive been to have always been overcrowd with people and books and racks and racks of clothes. The only thing anywhere close to any type off food in the bookstores would be a bag of doritos and maybe a pack of gum! Now after reading this article I see that universities and colleges and making the bookstore into a area which people can get food or coffee or just meet up with friends, and oh buy books! I would have loved if the colleges I attended and currently do attend had a section like this! Im jelous!
    One thing that is a big problem in college is the infamous “freshman fifteen” which is when during the school year students gain a noticeable amount of weight, which usually is the result from unhealthy foods and eating habits! This new reinvention is going to offer healthier food choices and I bet there will be a decline in the weight gain. Not that many classes even offer actual books anymore, the use of online codes have became more popular year after year and thats because everyone uses the online books. Online books are easier because you can access them from multiple locations and they are just easier to carry. In college students are all about reducing unnecessary objects. Moving from one class to another is tough and especially tough if u have an arm full of books. I wish colleges though of this sooner so I would have experienced the fun book store atmosphere.

  7. Kevin Dorward February 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    College bookstores have been a place where you could buy college textbooks as well as pick up a sweatshirt and a couple of miscellaneous items. That whole idea is changing now that technology is advancing. Now that students like us can get digital copies of text books and can order textbooks from other places at cheaper prices, the bookstores at college campuses are being completely redesigned. They are changing from bookstores into hang out areas for college students where they can interact with each other and grab food. While they are changing the bookstores they are keeping the school apparel and miscellaneous items but are casting aside the books after the beginning of the semester.

    All this change in the idea of a college bookstore is an attempt to keep students spending money at the college they are attending. With the demand for books going down, college needed to rethink their business approach and how to engage students into spending money within the college. Some colleges now are making hangout places for these students and are expanding the bookstore into mall type buildings where they have a wide variety of places they can go. These ideas that other colleges are implementing into their bookstores make me want Seton Hall to do the same.

  8. Lauren Hall February 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    I think the new idea of a campus bookstore is a great idea. As the article said, bookstores are losing money because students no longer by their books from the bookstore anymore. Instead most students buy from online stores such as amazon because it is much cheaper than what the university is asking for it. From personal experience I know that I try to avoid buying books from the bookstore as much as possible because it is a waste of money. The only time I buy books from the bookstore is when it is a specific book from the university that I cannot buy anywhere else. And even when that happens I try to find someone who already had the class and might have the book.

    I think it would be a great idea for college campus’s to do the updated bookstore because I think it would benefit them financially as well as benefiting the campus life for students. By putting the books away after the first few weeks of semester when people are done buying them the bookstore would have so much more open room. With that open room they could do creative things such as putting out tables and more like the article said. By doing this the university would be able to do events for the students and maybe even people who are off campus which could help make the bookstore money that they would not have originally made if they just left out all the books the entire time. By doing this and making extra money they may also be able to lower the prices of things in the bookstore which could lead to more people buying those things and the bookstore making more money again.

  9. bonghwan kim February 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    It is an amazing idea that renovating campus bookstore to students hub. It was shocked that SHU sells tobacco in the bookstore. I never seen campus sell the cigarette in Korea. This article is more interesting that selling the wines and coffees. Students can save their time to go out of campus to eat. In addition, I think it is more safe to spend their time in campus. I hope SHU bookstore is going to be like that, and also interested in the healthier food.

    Second, fixing to smart devices in the bookstore sounds great. Students can give their devices to the mechanic and take a break in their. It is more efficient to use bookstore as multi-purpose place, because usually, bookstore is only busy in the beginning of semester. I think it is going to have a financial issue, but I believe it is worth to have those kinds of students hub for the future.

  10. Brent Sindoni March 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    College campuses’ bookstores around the country are changing the way many typically view them as. Bookstores are getting new paint jobs and being renovated to attract students to relax with friends, get a bite to eat or drink, and study. Academic textbooks are not the sole reason for individuals to visit the bookstore anymore as textbooks are shrinking in percentages of store sales. This is mainly due to the outrageous prices colleges are attempting to make students pay. Textbooks are vital for students to have in the classroom, and are not included under tuition. Students have to pay out of pocket for overpriced textbooks and many cannot afford the extra expense. Students are looking for other alternatives such as websites including: Chegg and Amazon, in order to find required textbooks for significantly cheaper price tags. Options such as renting textbooks are new ways to obtain textbooks for cheaper rates. Other than purchasing college t-shirts and sweatshirts, campus stores are losing money to online websites yet schools are strict with keeping their prices at the going rate.

    In order to attract students to visit and purchase items at the bookstore, colleges are taking great lengths to make the atmosphere and vibe attractive and a place students would like to be. Places like coffeeshops, Starbucks, and Barnes & Noble are the new spots for students. Purchasing a cup of coffee while doing homework on a laptop has become the new wave among college students and universities are trying to emulate these hot spots in order to increase revenue. Universities know that students are not going to pay the prices for books, so in order to make more money, offering food options and the ability to purchase electronics such as iPads are very appealing.

  11. Shelby Brown March 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Any college student will tell you that they spend an insane amount of money on textbooks every semester. All of this profit is going to be lost as these college bookstores begin to not be useful anymore. This article describes the transformation that these bookstores are going through and how it not only benefits the school but the students as well. These stores will now make profit from books, but not very much, food, apparel and they will become a common community space for the campus. Each of these bookstores mentioned in this article are providing many new commodities for students and putting it all at their fingertips. They have healthier foods, a great social space and provide constant help with technology. They have transformed from providing just the materials to learn into a space to help college kids develop and socialize. It is extremely innovative of them to change in this way when they could have just quietly gone out of business. I believe that changes like this will help the school to attract more students and make the profit they desire, but more importantly will be fantastic for the students.

  12. Cory Fowler June 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Customer satisfaction is one of the biggest issues companies face on a daily basis, particularly college bookstores. Colleges hound students for their money for four years and most schools give little in return. My first semester of college I spent about $600 in Rider’s bookstore for 3 books. After that semester I was low on money and had to find alternative options. Luckily, I found Amazon. Since renting my books from Amazon, I have not spent more than $60 on a book and they have all arrived within 2 days because of their Amazon Student Membership. If Rider’s bookstore made it more into a student hub like Penn’s bookstore, I think they would be more successful. The problem with Universities is the rising costs, which forces students to commute from home, and rent their textbooks from other locations which is why students are seeing themselves in large amounts of debt.

  13. TFINN June 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    I decided to return to college fifteen years after high school. First semester I was so enthused, wanted everything brand spanking new, no used books for me. Imagine the shock on my face when I went to the bookstore and saw the prices of the books I needed. I remember the cost of the highest price one being $259 because that was the first and last time I got my books from the campus book store. When you have to pay out of pocket you think of different alternatives quick. From my enrollment at Community College up to my current enrollment at University, I have rented ALL my books, with the exception of two that were specifically designed for that College. For the price of $40-$50 you can rent a book, use it and return it.

    Students who are eligible for financial aid tend to purchase their books from the bookstore because they are able to obtain vouchers but this isn’t nearly enough to sustain its operation. Sometimes diversification of your business is essential to remain operational. The article refers to the diversification of bookstores as next generation campus stores. Remaking the way the traditional bookstore will be operate will prove both beneficial to the school as well as the student. The bookstore is not relying on one stream of declining revenue and the students have more campus activity options, especially for those that don’t have cars to go off campus. It’s a win, win.

  14. Samantha R September 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    When I first began my college journey, I did not realize just how expensive textbooks really were. As I learned from experience I shied away from going directly to the bookstore and used online sources, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I felt that the prices found on these websites were far more reasonable than what the bookstore was able to offer me for my money. The pricing at times were at least half of what I would have paid if I chose to use the campus bookstore. As referenced in the article, due to the rise of “digital materials” campus bookstore sales have steadily declined. The only reason I buy from the campus bookstore is if the textbook is made specific for my university.
    The idea of recreating a new atmosphere with the college campus bookstores is a great idea. I think it will engage the student population by giving it more of a fun and relaxed setting. Students would not view the bookstore as it once was perceived but now as the new “hot spot” to hang with friends. Although the decrease in sales is significant, the campus bookstores would be able to counteract this with the revenue made by the other options offered to the students such as food and live music events. I would spend more time at my campus bookstore if more was offered for me as a student.
    I think Virginia Kamper made a great point in reference to those who do not have a car on campus would be able to benefit from this modern bookstore idea. During my freshman year, I did not have a car and relied heavily on my friends who did in order to get anywhere off-campus. With this new style bookstore, there would be multiple resources available to students such as another food location on campus, a safe environment to spend time with friends and a relaxed-study area for students who commute to do homework. If students were given more options to resources such as these, the student morale and engagement, I feel, would increase, causing a positive impact on the student retention rate.

  15. Tamila Garayo October 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Lately students have been cutting there costs, and buying books from cheaper retailers like Amazon and Chegg, which have the ability to even ship overnight. Students also have the choice of ordering electronic versions of the web through websites, or CourseSmart.
    In the humorous video, College Bookstore VS The Internet, the characters show the cons of the bookstore and how they should use the Internet rather than throwing away money that can easily be saved. This just goes to show that even though it may be convient because it’s right on campus, there are other alternatives, which are much cheaper and even faster.
    Therefore, the campus bookstores are beginning to decline in there once booming sales. In the article, “The Future College Bookstore: Leave the Books, Take the Panini” Jay Silverberg and David Glower bring forth a recent innovative alternative, “next generation campus stores.”
    College stores have to find other ways to provide new services that will keep paying customers coming. For many stores this means adding facilities that warms your college’s community, and adds to the cultural experience.
    For some colleges this may mean adding lounges or community rooms for particular events and performances, food and beverage venues, and space for a computer department which even sells Apple electronics. Schools like University of Pennsylvania allow students and faculty to now get their IDs, have passport photos taken, buy stamps, use notary services, buy computers and mobile devices, and get tech support. Event spaces, which will be used as meeting rooms or for guest speakers, have amplified Wi-Fi signal. Not to mention, the $2.3 million renovation of the bookstore at Baylor University in Texas which is pretty much an Apple store computer department. The latter has a large selection of computers with pricing specific to the institution.
    After looking at some of the images, the new bookstores are truly mind blowing. They almost look like mini malls, I would have never expected for an entrepreneurial investment to come out of college bookstores. As times are beginning to change, they must have to adapt. Though the lack of book sales play a big role for the new change, I think a big part of it also has to do with keeping up with today’s society and our expectations as visitors. Every college wants to stand out in any way that they can, academia and sports play a big role, but certain features like a bookstore also tell a lot about a certain campus.
    Think about it, this college is going to be your future ambiance. The campus bookstore is pretty much an idea of what you’re going to expect for the new 4 years, fun, exciting, or even boring. You want to walk into place that feels like home that may mean fresh food, similarities to your local mall and food court. Bragging rights come with it today, my friend who attends University of Pennsylvania is always speaking on behalf of her bookstore and all the fun elements that it has. Colleges love that, any opportunity that markets their school in a better light will bring in more applications and spotlight.
    When applying for schools my senior year, my favorite part was attending the bookstore. It was almost like a little retrospect of what I was going to expect if I actually came to the University. Some were small, some we’re big with lots of cool things and accessories. Though I may not be as picky as some people, I get the idea why applicants may turn down a school just because the college bookstore did not meet up to their standards.
    Seton Hall’s bookstore is pretty average to me, I would expect a lot more from it considering we are a school with a great amount of revenue and income. We have recently renovated the gym, so I think it’s a pretty good idea to do the same for the bookstore. We do attend an old school, so I think with some renovation we are on the track of getting more attention than we already have in these past years. Though I feel some bookstores are doing to much in certain aspects, it doesn’t mean we need to take away all books and build a hangout spot. If that was the case, I think the Cove is what needs some renovating. At the end of the day a bookstore is what it sounds like, a book store. It is a nice alternative to have if some books are out of stock, or whatever the case may be. But there can always be some improvement in order to get more people coming in and out.

  16. Nicholas B. October 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Buying textbooks in the campus bookstore has begun to dwindle away. With this new idea of having campus bookstore turn into a mini mall would be a good idea for larger colleges. Having a tech center in these stores is a great idea because nearly every student has a laptop or at least a smartphone. The idea of having virtually no textbooks in these locations where students would have to order their textbooks and wait for them to be delivered doesn’t sound like the best idea. The reason most students go to the bookstore now to get textbooks is that they can get them that day and don’t have to wait for them. With online book selling websites they are almost always cheaper than the campus books there would now be no advantage of ordering from the school since they would still have to be shipped to the school. This idea also only is feasible for larger colleges because smaller institutions have no need for such an elaborate bookstore.

  17. Carlota Clotet Alsina October 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    Shopping at your campus bookstore can help support your university, and it can also be more convenient. But let’s be are realistic, is spending $400 in a book that you will only use once convenient? Even though there are times when you can sell it back to your bookstore, it is not always possible and if you do, the amount that you get back is much more less. It is also true that school bookstores provide the option of renting a book, which is cheaper, but you could do that online too for a lower prize. So in my opinion, the Internet ends up being more convenient and a better option. Any college student will tell you that they spend an insane amount of money on textbooks every semester, which is why they now order or rent books online from websites like Amazon, Chegg,, and Barns & Noble. This is the reason why bookstores are losing money.

    To increase the value of these campus areas and benefit the student life, bookstores need to have more than just books or the school’s gear to survive. As Paul Link mentioned in a previous post, agreeing with the article, “this idea of transforming traditional bookstores into “next generation campus stores” is a great way to increase their value.” From my own experience, I can see that students like to purchase a cup of coffee while doing homework, or eat a snack. Offering food options, as well as beverages or the option to purchase different things other than schoolbooks, or school gear could help bookstores to increase their revenue. The main idea mentioned by Jay Silverberg and David Glover is to make college bookstores more of a marketplace instead of bookstore. I think it is a great idea that is also underway, but it is not happening in all the schools. I personally don’t ever go into the bookstore. But because it is in the middle of the school I see it often and the truth is that the only time of the year where there are a few people in there is at the beginning of each semester. I never thought of an Idea like this one, and I think it could really help not just the students, but the university as well.

    Works Cited:

    “College Books vs Internet.” Youtube. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2015. .

  18. Gerard M October 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I am guilty as charged for using the services of Amazon and Chegg to buy or rent my textbooks. It is much easier and definitely much cheaper. For a college student like myself who pays for everything out of their own pocket it is hard to pay for the required books and materials. Also the bookstore on my campus is not the most pleasant. As in overpriced and usually every time I have gone there is a line or something goes wrong. But to see these high tech book store/lounges I find them very interesting and a high possibility that those schools will start seeing a bump in sales again. We find ourselves living in a high tech society and a fast paced environment. Silicon Valley and other areas in the world are changing architecture as well as the way they want to be viewed. For current students and prospective students buildings like this could and would entice them to want to step foot and relax in them or even do business in them. For example, at my last school I spent as much time as possible in the brand new multi-million dollar building because I felt more comfortable and it was far cleaner than any other building on campus. If these schools are getting more throughput and getting more people in the door then their chances of raising sales are even more likely to rise. The idea of a social hub will only raise the attention around the facilities and will entice students and staff to visit more. With this kind of attention they have the opportunities to put more shops and maybe even cafes in there. Being in my fourth year and my second school I can personally say I will always gravitate towards the newer building.

  19. SamiyahK October 26, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    I found that this article really brushed over the fact that the Sun Devil Marketplace is not meant to be a book store. While it combines elements of a traditional book fair, a cafe, a library reading hall, among many other settings, the Marketplace is not a book store. There is sill a main bookstore on the campus where the majority of case material is held. The Marketplace sounds like a very convenient hybrid center, but I don’t see in completely replacing the bookstore.

    Given its proximity to the stadium, the Marketplace could also become very busy and crowded at times. At times like that, students may actually prefer to visit the main bookstore at the core of the campus. There is also the issue of the Marketplace being open to the public, not just students and faculty. The nature of the Marketplace would make it more attractive to customers from outside the university, which would be good for income but not so much for safety and comfort. As technology becomes more prevalent in education, these students may become more and more popular, but we shouldn’t undermine the value of an old-fashioned book store that may appeal to the more traditional students and faculty.

  20. Linda L November 5, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    This article reemphasizes what us college students increasingly experience, that the need for campus bookstores are declining. Books have been a burden on students since it is required and the on-site bookstores practically held a monopoly on these book purchases, leaving little time for alternatives. Speaking for myself, I’ve always did prior class research before the semester started to look up the text book online, and with managed time I ordered the book in advance from online vendors such as Amazon or eBay to help cut costs. And with inflating educational costs rising every year, it does get over whelming in trying to manage budgets as a college student. Not only have high costs driven consumers away, technology now offers “e-books” that can be a more convenient way of study for the student instead of utilizing the physical book and highlighting and flipping pages yourself. I’ve always been an ‘old-school’ person, needing the physical book to reference so I can go back to the pages and make notes on whatever pages I needed for studying purposes. It’s harder to reference back on a laptop.
    This article was interesting to see where they wanted to take this dead space in the college campus future and how they will reform the stores for today’s needs of the students. Bookstore cafes with healthier food options, grab-n-go eateries are just one idea in conformity with the time (Mornings offer coffee houses while nighttime offers wine bars). They are welcoming tech support for student’s devices. They can drop off devices and pick up later to fix related issues. Book signings, Board Meetings, buy electronics. This could slowly transform into a town campus marketplace if executed precisely.

  21. Allison Yashay November 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    I would LOVE a campus bookstore like the ones explained in the article! It is a creative new experiment to bring college students together with their friends and professors. I like the idea that Arizona State created. The idea of having a multi-story “bookstore” with a marketplace is very creative. Compared to many big college campuses, Seton Hall has a small bookstore. It would be really cool if SHU combined the store with the Pire’s Cove and the Pirate Cellar. Having the UCenter be our “market place” would be awesome. I think it would be a major hang out on campus.
    The features that Arizona University implemented such as “ community room that floats above the first floor and accommodates a diverse range of events from game-day screenings to book signings, board meetings, even small wedding receptions; several outdoor terraces; study spaces; Wi-Fi; tech support. A Grab N Go opens at 6 a.m. and flows outside to a communal patio” is really interesting. It gives students a new way to study and meet up. Having these types of “bookstores” allows for “more insignia merchandise.” Colleges love to make money in the littlest ways. Big, well known schools gain profits from their insignias. The new bookstores push students to “engaged and connected” with “their college or university.” Ellis states that students who do this are “more likely to perform better and persist to graduation.” I agree. Students who have a great deal of school [pride, and love for their school has a higher chance in making the best of their education and college experience. I think this is a good alternative for smaller campuses, who don’t necessarily have a great deal of land. I can see this becoming a new trend for many campuses, but also extremely costly. Universities who are deciding to build, have to realize that a multistory building with the amenities that Arizona State implements will cost a great deal. If SHU was to tear down the UCenter and build something like the campus hub, it would cost an exuberant amount. The amount to put in and keep the building running will definitely be costly. It is something to definitely consider for a university looking to expand, but campuses who are looking to renovate old bookstores, should definitely consider the costs of these market place bookstores.

  22. Darren Williams November 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    With technology constantly evolving, I see library’s becoming a thing of the past more and more every day. However, the need for a space like a library is still a necessity. Here at Seton Hall I cannot say that I have ever checked out a book, but I hear the phrases “I’m going to the library” or “want to go to the library?” more than I ever did before. Why is that? I find that the library at least the first floor by Dunkin is more of a gathering place than a traditional library. It is a place where a reasonable amount of noise can be made and not be disruptive. There are large screen computers for extra work as well as printing and over all just a place that all the people you want to work with can go and sit comfortably together without being cramped. Even though this is a rather small campus, compared to that of Arizona State, with 50,000 plus undergraduate students, it is hard to get everyone together or for there to be a place to serve everyone’s needs at the time efficiently. The Sun Devil Campus Marketplace is like putting the library, the cove, the bookstore, Dunkin Donuts, and the student lounge into one building. This could be the ultimate hub to change student and even faculty life on campus. If all of these places were together of course it would have to be a rather large building, but connecting with others would be so much simpler. People who wanted to get food right before studying wouldn’t have to walk all over the place and wait for however long before going back and people who just finished studying and wanted to hang out with their friends after wouldn’t have far to go either. Formal scheduled meetings with professors would be a thing of the past. Of course there would have to be a level of respect, but missing lunch to meet with a professor because it was the only available time would no longer be an issue. Professors and students alike would go to the coolest place on campus for a bite to eat or pick up items from the store. Not only will the location have daily necessities like food and Wi-Fi but unexpected emergency assistance as well. What I mean by this is not only a last minute pick up from the store needs or a coffee on the go from the café but when a student is in the middle of a paper and their computer crashes. The Center at Arizona State has a tech assistance bar, one which specifically assists with Apple products, and then other brand technology has another bar. This would allow for more specific help in areas with specific devices and for the lines to not be backed up during crucial times, as well as being in an ideal location rather than in the basement of Corrigan hall. At the end of the day a building with the purpose like the campus marketplace is all about convenience and convenience is key when it comes to time pressed individuals like college students and professors.

  23. Lauren Gutowski November 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    HAHA, the first thing I noticed is the title: “Leave the Books, Take the Panini”. I adore the Godfather Trilogy and picked up on the “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” allusion. This article has me all excited for the future, too bad the Seton Hall bookstore is nowhere close to the atmosphere. Reading about UC- San Diego and Arizona State University’s stores immediately made m jealous. Our bookstore is the definition of “the place where you [go] to buy textbooks and maybe a cool sweatshirt”, it is not designed as a cool hang out spot, which is perfectly okay since Seton has a lot of other options to choose from, the bookstore does not have much area to work with and cannot afford the space to establish this. But I would love to come back years after graduation and see the place described in the article. No doubt in my mind the bookstore will shift into a college lounge like The Cove, just will not be there during my attendance. “According to the National Association of College Stores, course material sales have been on a slow decline for at least the last decade.” But this is the digital age and someday rushing to the bookstore before that required $200 dollar Math book is sold out will be unheard of. Say goodbye to hauling around that 10 pound backpack as well thanks to computer applications.

    It will practically be just one big, fancy cafeteria with so many technological resources, a college powerhouse building. This may be one of the best investments for every college that plans to build this on campus marketplace. “ 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.” So pretty much all of South Orange Avenue condensed into one building, and then some. This would solve the convenience problem for international students who have no car or family member to get them from point “A” to point “B”. Or just any student without a convenient means of getting anywhere besides relying on university transportation. Everything students need is in walking distance. I am not sure about a store selling students glasses of wine on campus, especially at a Catholic University. I bet most of the student body would be in favor of that but it’s very unlikely most campuses will sell alcohol. Hopefully the idea of an on campus marketplace replacing college bookstores becomes widespread someday.

  24. anthony hector November 6, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    It is interesting to read that the new campus book store is now a town hall for people to mingle relax and eat. I believe this to be true ,but for bigger schools. this is probably true because of the fact that bigger schools have the space and the assets to create a huge place for their students to just chill and eat at some places. It is a cool concept because college is already a stressful place at times and places like that can relive some stress that we college students have on our shoulders. I can easily see this being in Alabama due to the fact that Alabama has so much space to fit something like a huge bookstore and also they have the money to make something like that happen. It would be a great thing to have in Seton Hall’s campus but it is very unlikely because it is not a priority to have something like that. Schools that are able to make a space for that have tons of money and spacing, something that Seton Hall lacks. A huge bookstore is definitely a luxury and not a necessity. A school like Seton Hall is very well known but does not have the space and money at this time to doing anything close to that.

    A huge bookstore also is something that is a cool idea but could also be a waste of money because of the fact that some students do not even use a bookstore and use the internet to order their books. The internet is so prevalent in college that tons of students just buy what they need for school over the internet. When talking about a place where students can also relax and pick up their books for school makes it a social hangout where students can come together to get their school supplies. It is a great idea to have something like this, but is a benefit for a bigger school.

  25. KCollins November 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    The fact that college book stores are shifting towards something entirely different is very exciting to me as a student. I rarely buy an actual textbook from my school’s bookstore and would love it if our campus store had more amenities in it to make it more of a fun and relaxed environment for students to hang out in. Having an additional place on campus to grab something to eat or interact with people I might not otherwise meet would be great. The idea of a bookstore becoming more of a community-based place, serving many functions other than providing students with traditional textbooks reflects the changes taking place in how colleges and universities are run.
    Most notably, the lack of textbooks in a school store speaks to the increasing role technology plays in our daily lives. In many college classrooms today, students use e-textbooks that can be accessed on laptops or tablets, making physical textbooks unnecessary. In addition, professors use supplementary materials, often found online, and other technologies to teach students more effectively. It is expected of students to have a computer of their own or have access to one so that they can complete assignments and other course work. In fact, courses can be taken online at this point, completely eliminating any face to face interaction between students and teachers, where all work and materials are online. As campuses continue to adjust to such changes, we can only wait and see what new trend will emerge next.

  26. Bria Mosely November 12, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    Can I just start by saying after reading this I wanted to fill out an application to ASU?! Wow, what a great and innovative way to allow the surrounding community and students to interact. My second thought after reading this article was, “Why doesn’t Rider have something like this?” Not only does the marketplace offer almost everything one may need, but it introduces the school to increasing profits. As times are constantly changing, as well as technology it is only in a university’s best interest to do the same.
    In my opinion, ASU could not have executed this any better. Of course there are downfalls to everything. For example, I can see this area becoming very crowded on game days because of the proximity to the stadium. However I believe the features and benefits of this marketplace definitely outweigh the cons. As the article stated, the marketplace serves as a “coffeehouse in the morning, a light lunch venue during mid-day, and a wine bar in the evening for the community and of age students”. ASU’s marketplace is equivalent to Rider’s Cranberries or even the entire lowest level of the BLC, and still, they are incomparable in the services they offer. Besides the academic and athletic programs (if you are an athlete), there is nothing that truly stands out about Rider that could be a tie breaker for prospective students. I recently created a survey about improving Rider’s campus, and unsurprisingly, students wish there were more upgrades/updates on campus, as well as activities and events. The idea of having a marketplace on campus could provide the perfect atmosphere for what students desire. Do not get me wrong, the SRC is nice but compared to the marketplace of ASU, the SRC is a gymnasium with sitting area. Colleges like Rider may need to begin construction if they plan to compete with other schools that have adapted to the desires and demands of their campus community.

  27. Pauline Ybanez November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    It is very interesting to see where the future of on-campus bookstores is heading. It is a revolution. I have actually seen a college change their bookstore similarly to the changes that are occurring across the U.S. The College of New Jersey has actually done the similar marketplace style of bookstores where it is open to both students and locals. The market square includes a Barnes & Nobles with a Starbucks cafe. They are in the progress of bringing more businesses to fill up the empty spaces such as Verizon and Panera Bread. The market square is also multifunctional because on top of the future businesses it serves as rooms for students to dorm in. Campuses are going big and making this transition due to the slow decline of course materials. With the combination of these cafés and lounges, it should be able to draw in not only more students to use the space but also locals who are looking for a place to relax as well. It gives students another option other than the main dining hall and the library to eat and study. All universities and colleges will probably start to transition slowly into this trend.

  28. Eric Foley February 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    A central part to any college tour one did as high school senior was finding and examining the bookstore on any campus. This is the spot where all the books would be delivered for you to pick up and eventually learn from. This was the starting point of the true college experience. Since the evolution of technology, these bookstores have moved from being the starting point to being the ending point as many students buy online and sell to the bookstore. From experiences at Seton Hall, I can believe this clearly. Yet several college bookstores are now offering more options and better accommodations, like the ones highlighted in this article, in order to boost sales and offer more options for students. The idea is grounded in the belief that many college bookstores are now outdated for today’s book commerce and that students want more variety. Both these ideas are true, speaking from personal experience. The bookstores I got to see from various visits to other universities seem to be moving specifically in this direction. Offering students a way to charge their laptop and giving food options in replacement of the traditional college bookstore. One could see sharp differences between a university like Rutgers or University of Delaware and Seton Hall or Monmouth as the former schools have moved with century while the latter stick to what they have known. Neither is totally wrong in their approach as there are benefits for traditional practices such as keeping costs low and making the bookstore exclusively focused on one direction of commerce. Yet as technology increases in its productivity and availability, it seems more important to offer the ends to carter towards students’ needs. The focus shouldn’t be exclusively on the money, but rather the reward of students learning more efficiently. That is the most important ideal as stated by the article as well and deserves slightly more attention then what it receives at some universities.
    Despite all of the benefits associated with the expansion of these bookstores, there are some negatives which cannot be forgotten. The article states, for instance, that a certain college bookstore in Arizona State no longer carries books along with the various other amenities it carries. Which almost defeats the purpose of having a college bookstore, as students might find it harder to receive help from the true bookstore selling the textbooks they cannot find on Amazon. Another weakness towards this type of remodeling is changing the focus from the book industry towards offering other needs, which displaces the investment made by the school into the former. Bookstores sell and rent large amounts of the same copy book, yet remodels might shrink that number and therefore offer less in the way of options. Bookstores may be close towards ceasing to exist, but it is still vital for students to have many options when deciding on the textbook so bookstores cannot lose their variety. With all this in mind a remodel should certainly take place for most if not all college bookstores. The problems associated with students receiving cheaper prices for textbooks can be compounded as the bookstore can somewhat switch its focus towards other means. The pictures displayed in the article would look fantastic on any campus, as it represents the change of traditional notions for a bookstore towards the 21st century.

  29. Vince DeBartolomeis February 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Just short eight months ago I was in the position of trying to decide where I wanted to go to college. Over my spring break I went on an extensive trip visiting four schools in the Midwest and East Coast. As I visited each campus, the immediate impact of the school is the campus itself. What kind of buildings there are, how updated or new these buildings were, what the dining hall looked like and so on. These are things that really stick in a student’s memory, not necessarily all of the information thrown at you by your student tour guide. Even now I can look back and think about what each campus looked like for the most part. So with the physical campus being the first impression upon a student it makes sense that many universities would look to improve theirs and truly make a lasting impression on the student. At a few of the schools that I visited, they had these updated and extravagant bookstores that accommodated a lot of student needs. The universities made it a point to tell prospective students about all of the amenities that the bookstore offers and honestly it does make a fairly significant impact. When a school has nice and updated facilities it is a big draw to students. However, it is typically the more expensive schools that can afford to build such nice facilities. Even though Seton Hall’s buildings and facilities were not as updated as some of the other schools I visited, I was still drawn here. The older buildings have a lot more character and are very nice. However, it would be nice for Seton Hall to put some money forward to improving student-centered facilities such as the cafeteria and bookstore. Students now want to spend the least amount of time possible in the cafeteria. The food is not that great and it’s not a great place to hang out with friends or study. If Seton Hall took the initiative to update the U Center it would increase the interest of a lot of prospective students. Currently, the U center has a nice setup with the main lounge being available for other events and the Cove being open late but it needs an update. Students should want to spend time in the U Center, it shouldn’t be a place that student avoid. Additionally, the bookstore should be more progressive about trying to make textbooks available online. The University already gives students laptops included in the tuition but the professors fail to use them to their full capability in class. As the article noted, textbooks sales have been on a steady decline with online textbooks becoming more readily available. If Seton Hall made the majority of the textbooks available online, not only would students save money, but the text books would also be more easily accessible. Seton Hall should take a page out of some of these other schools’ books and try to update the facilities on campus so that it is not only more attractive to prospective students and also more accommodating to current students.

  30. Samantha Voltmer February 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    As I read this article about the future of college bookstores I reflected on my personal experience thus far with Seton Hall’s bookstore and the manner in which I use and receive textbooks. At first when I read the title of this article, “The Future College Bookstore: Leave the books, take the Panini”, I was immediately intrigued. A college bookstore with no books? But the more I thought about it the more it made sense. This past semester I was in need of four new textbooks for my classes, however I did not buy any of them, nor use Seton Hall’s bookstore to buy or rent them. I have found that it is much more cost efficient to simply rent textbooks that you will only need for one semester, rather than buying them. In addition the best rental rates, I have found, come from online providers, such as Amazon or The only time I considered using our campus bookstore for a textbook purchase was when I could not find it available online, however to my dismay the bookstore itself did not have a copy of the text. From an economic standpoint college bookstores are always going to require less of the texts because the demand for them has been dwindling in the past years, due to online retailers and rentals, and the rise of digital textbooks.

    This then raises the question on what will become of the traditional college bookstore. Many universities such as the University of California-San Diego and Arizona State University-Tempe have completely reinvented the typical college bookstore, and honestly I hope Seton Hall will follow in their footsteps.
    The University of California-San Diego has created a space for their students that still functions as a typical bookstore but with so much more to it. The textbooks are arranged on rollaway carts that can be removed from the area after peak season. The bookstore also contains a stage for poetry readings and musical performances. The vibe that comes from this bookstore is less of a crowded space that you only go when necessary, rather a place to go hangout with your friends on a Tuesday night just to relax, it has more of a Starbucks feeling.

    Arizona State University-Tempe on the other hand has created a whole other breed of campus bookstores. The new bookstore, Sun Devil Campus Marketplace at College Avenue Commons, spans two floors out of the five floor academic building. It is positioned so that it is not at the center of campus rather on the outskirts of campus. This location was intentional to its design in order to not just attract college students to its space but also professors, locals, and visitors. The architecture of the bookstore is designed to mimic the natural hills of the Arizona dessert by using floating driftwood formations. These formations create little pavilions which are used to organize merchandise, tech support, and technology accessories. The space is also home to: game-day screenings, outdoor terraces, study spaces, and Grab N Go. This eatery inside changes its menu throughout the day, serving organic breakfasts, paninis during lunch, and it transforms into a wine bar at night for the professors, locals, and of-age students. This not only provides a healthier food option, but another hangout that can also be used as a productive study space. However the one thing missing from this bookstore is in fact the books. There are no actual textbooks at this location, however students can order then online through the campus and pick them up at the Marketplace. In my opinion this alternative is much more practical and appealing than an average bookstore.

  31. Moe Jaman February 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    This idea can definitely add more revenue to a school. Its food and drink, not to mention hangout attractions can help bring in more students and even not campus customers. Selling products such as iPads, and selling food and coffee are all ways to target sales not only on the student but other community members on open campuses as well. A normal bookstore would only sell simple materials, books, and clothing. This new store replaces all the room books take up with an area for recreational use, or study, or sell other products, useful to more than just college kids. Not only will they add revenue, the increased foot traffic will help raise the sales of items such as supplies and school gear.
    Aside from revenue such a creation can help increase the quality of a school as well as raise school pride. The article addresses that such a store can have healthier options for food and allow for quick pick up foods for busy students. Personally, Seton Hall could greatly benefit from a fast pick up station aside from dunkin donuts, and a nice hang out lounge for students would be nice too. The only problem, the Hall would see in that because of the closed and gated campus it wouldn’t see much increase in non-student foot traffic.
    As for a campus such as Temple or San Diego, an open campus would be the perfect place to open one of these improved bookstores.
    This innovation would transform a bookstore with only one high season each semester, to a beautiful all year round attraction to the already wonderful campuses.

  32. Wendy Chen February 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

    I like the future of college bookstores. The bookstore at Seton Hall is found at the basement of Duffy Hall and its size and location is efficient to the architectural layout of Seton Hall. However, our bookstore is simple and it functions as a bookstore which explains its ordinary image compared to the images shown in the photo gallery of the article. These next generation college stores are so exciting to look at because they show off a lively addition to the normal college campus where they actually don’t even look like they are a part of the college campus. Instead, the “bookstores” look like relaxing places that are off the campus such as a little café found in New York where every day people go to enjoy a small meal and chat with their friends. Some of the images on the site even look like modern designs of normal restaurants as well as back corners of clothing stores located at a mall. In fact, the next generation college stores remind me of a mall, except it is in a smaller form and happens to be located within a college.
    The next generation college bookstores will be beneficial for both the students and the colleges themselves because it will generate more profit than an average bookstore that follows accordingly to its name. A bookstore normally sells school related items such as textbooks, school supplies, and college attire, but if a bookstore were to be transformed into a college hub that has aspects of a local marketplace, students will go there more often and spend a little extra on food and beverages. If each student were to spend a little extra, the sum of every extra spending will generate the school a larger profit than if a student were to just buy the textbooks, a few school items they may need, and one sweater with the school’s name imprinted across the top. I would imagine student productivity to increase as well because these new bookstores will give the students a relaxing environment to start up for a new day or wind down from a long day. If a student is starting up their day, they can have some time to absorb more energy before jumping into their hard courses that will require great energy consumption. If a student is winding down from their day, they can enjoy a small beverage in a comfortable chair and read a magazine or talk to their friends like they would in a relaxing café. Overall, a college hub would be a refreshing place for the students rather than just their normal, less inspiring buildings.
    I think that Seton Hall can really use a next generation college store. Even though the images featured are of bigger colleges that have the campus space for it, I think that Seton Hall can benefit from the design where course materials are rotated in and out of the stores after the beginning of the semesters when the textbooks are highest in demand. Seton Hall can also implement the idea of no textbook inventory where students will order their textbooks online and then use the bookstore as a place to pick up their books. This way, even if Seton Hall has a significantly smaller space to transform the bookstore into a college pub, there will be more room if the textbooks do not need room at all. I believe that with a refreshing place such as a college hub, the students will not dread going to the bookstore to spend over 100 dollars on a textbook and its access code because it won’t be as bad if they can leave with a panini!

  33. Imani Broadway February 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    The campus bookstore is well known as a place to buy of course the much needed and very much expensive text books for our classes. They also provide school clothing and other necessary items such as school supplies, snacks, headphones and much more. Bookstores can be considered as your schools own little personally Rite Aid or CVS but that also sell textbooks. In this article “The Future College Bookstore: Leave the Books, Take the Panini” by Jay Silverberg and David Glover they are discussing how bookstores are on the rise to change and how some schools have already made a change their bookstores.
    The new outlook for that of campus bookstores is to be less of a bookstore. Meaning that it includes all aspects a bookstore has but have more to offer and less to do with buying books. Within these new “next generation campus stores” they are setup to follow more towards a recreation center and a dining hall feel to them. One college that improved their bookstore was that of the University of California-San Diego. Their new bookstore included a coffee shop that has a small performance area that is available for poetry readings and for artist to perform. They also added in “flexible space” which was for their textbooks. When using flexible space they were able to move the textbooks to a back room when the peak of selling season was over. I find this to be a very great idea because most students are only buying text books in the first few weeks of each semester, so being able to clear space out for something else to be put there is extremely useful.
    The National Association of College Stores stated that “course material sales have been on a slow decline for at least the last decade” which I find to be true. As any current or previous college students know the school bookstore prices are extremely outrageous. It is hard to find any required course book under hundred and fifty dollars and it can even get more expensive for the school edition of the book. I personally have not brought a book from schools bookstore since first semester of freshman year. My first semester I believe I spent almost five hundred in the school bookstore on top of all the money I had just spent of dorm and other school supplies. I now do a bunch of research when it comes to getting books for the new semester, I try my best to find cheapest book possible. I also rent most of my books instead of buying because I most likely will not need the book in the future and it is kind of a hassle trying to sell an old book when I can just return. There are plenty of websites students should look into when searching for text books such as Chegg, Amazon, and Abebooks. My personally favorite is direct textbook because they lay out all the options and prices of where you can purchase the book from.
    I personally like the idea of bookstores being converted over to more of a hangout for students where they can eat, socialize, do work, and still necessary items. More schools should adopt the flexible space method to allow more space for other school activities or other supplies. I would rather our school bookstore to offer more things that were mentioned in this article such as being able to buy an iPad, or grab lunch. Our campus could use a new place in order to get food from because the choices we have now are not so great. Hopefully before the end of my college career here I can witness a change to our bookstore for the better.

  34. KoL Unger February 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    With the technology driven culture we live in, is it any wonder why campus bookstores has seen a significant drop in sales? More and more students have been opting for digital books. Buying e-books holds a huge allure for students. It is cheaper than purchasing a hard copy book; it is faster and thus does not require you to have thought ahead when you realize an assignment is due out of a book for the next day, and lastly it is lighter to just carry your laptop (or mobile device) than all of your heavy physical copies of textbooks. These are just some of the overwhelming benefits of making your academic materials digital. With such a threat posed, campus bookstores would no longer survive if their profits relied solely on textbook sales. Progressively, more and more products have been added to their shelves until there is now an outrageous variety surrounding the shrinking textbook section. Campus bookstores have found success in their attempts to diversify their products and renovate their stores.

    The main reason I deem this movement of campus bookstores turned modern café has found success is because the majority of the students at these universities live on campus. When you literally live, eat, sleep, and go to school all in the same space, you crave an escape. There is a huge appeal for those who want to “get out” and study elsewhere than their tiny dorm room or in the dingy library. It provides one with the opportunity to go out, even though they are still technically on the campus. Another reason for this success is because there is no competition on the school campus. It is inherently the new, exciting thing on campus. There is no competing coffee shop or restaurant because the school controls the renting of property. It’s all about location, location, location. Students are going to be a lot more likely to choose to eat at a place that is close and nearby when they are dashing between classes than an off-campus café that is not only farther but also does not accept their student ID as a valid form of payment. As well, these cafés that are popping up most often have superior food to the cafeteria. While more expensive to go outside your meal plan, most students are all too willing to pay the extra money for more gourmet food.

    There is also a scientific motive behind this move by the colleges. The articles cites that “long term studies show students who are highly engaged and connected to their college or university are more likely to perform better and persist to graduation.” In surrounding themselves with fellow students in a more academic mindset, students are supposed to feel more inspired to dedicate themselves to their studies. Only time will reveal if these modern campus bookstores have that effect on the student body.

    I am in favour of these bookstores 100%. Both my high school and work were located near the University of Washington’s bookstore which had a café inside. Not even a college student yet, I loved going there. I can only imagine how much more I would enjoy it having a student discount and being able to pay with my ID. While Seton Hall has expanded its products from outside of just textbooks and does have The Cove close by, it missed the trendy, modern and spacious mark. From a business perspective, the better the entire ambience of a space is the more students are going to want to be there and spend their money. From an academic perspective, students will be more likely stay and study longer and more productively in a space that is pleasant to be in and has an atmosphere conducive for studying. If Seton Hall has any plans to revamp The Cove and join this movement of expanding campus bookstores to so much more, I would most definitely back that decision.

  35. Kate Worthy February 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    Since coming to college I have found that I am always trying to use my free time as wisely as possible so that I can take the best advantage of it. Although everyone says you have so much free time once you are in college what they don’t realize is the amount of things that need to be done during those time. If I have to go somewhere on the other side of campus to get something done I often put it off for another day, or wait until I have another purpose to go to that campus building.
    Jay Silverberg’s and David Glover’s article “The Future College Bookstore: Leave the Books, take the Panini” discusses how college campus bookstore are evolving into an all-purpose structure. The driving force for these renovations comes from the evolving nature of what students need for their classes. The need for paper books and class materials are rapidly declining with the constant technology innovations. While this is the driving force I feel as if this is something that should have been done years ago.
    I wish the Seton Hall campus would create a one stop shop the way other colleges have started to do. These “marketplaces”, they are being called, have everything form spaces for poetry reading, to organic juice bars. Most of these space store things such as much on shelves that can be easily moved allowing the space to transform into a stage or a conference area.
    Whether book sales are declining or not I think this is something every single college campus should invest in. I would spend all my time in an area underneath an academic building that had coffee and a snack and entertainment. There would be no need for me to go anywhere else. I would spend so much more money at the food option and I would be more like to buy little Knick knacks just because they were convenient and I had so many other purposes to be in that area.
    Having areas like this would be a big selling point to perspective students in my opinion. It would give touring students a great sense of the campus environment and the student body. I know as a high school student seeing something like could sway me to like the college more.
    It also makes the most logical sense for college to build these all in one building as they do renovations to their campuses. It allows all the resources to be put to use in one place and it provides students with much better alternative than just a regular bookstore. I would say I probably don’t go to the school bookstore now more than once a semester. However when I do find myself having to go there I generally always buy things that I don’t really need. This is something that an all in one building could take advantage of in a college campus.
    These new and improved bookstore are going to happen sooner or later due to the changing need for books. College should start to get a competitive advantage and start making renovations to the campus bookstores.

  36. Anthony DiGrande October 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    In the article it states that campus bookstores are being innovated as the times are changing. Instead of just having textbooks and school apparel, there are franchises to grab a bite to eat like Subway and Burger King. In addition to that there are less and less paperbacks for course textbooks in their inventory. The article has an example describing Arizona State’s new campus marketplace and how it has a coffeehouse and lounge with now textbook inventory. In fact, now most textbooks are online that can be accessed on devices like laptops, tablets, and IPads. So, instead of carrying thick textbooks in someones back pack, the material is kept via online and is less of a hassle to check and make sure someone has their textbooks for their class.

    Now since I have been in college I have been using both online and physical textbooks. I get how someone would like to only have the textbook being online is so that it’s less stuff for a student to carry. But, I like it so I can look back and forth between the homework on my laptop screen and the textbook so I am able to understand the homework even more. In addition, the physical textbook inventories are so low is because when students try to buy the books needed for their class they find that the school price of the textbook is too expensive and will find the same books for a cheaper price on Chegg and Amazon. That is understandable since students are paying on average about $33,000 (for private) and around $10,000 (in-state) in tuition. So, they if they can find a way to save money they will take it. I personally like bookstores being changed around so their like commuter lounges. It allows student to socialize and meet up for projects or papers, but have an inventory of paperbacks just in case someone needs to buy the physical copy if they are not interested in the online textbooks.

  37. Margaret Klich October 1, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    This article discussed the campus bookstore shifting to a social, multi-useful space that is more adaptable to college students. A space that is more functional for students empowers them and makes them want to study, learn, and have group study sessions. This new “next generation campus store” will be the central hub for everything: coffee, books, pub, study space, electronic repairs, and apparel/accessories. I do believe this is a good idea for college campuses where students don’t have that one spot where they could go to for multiple purposes. For example, I am a commuter at my university. Therefore, I have many destinations to go to besides my classes: the library to study, the school cafeteria for lunch or dinner, the car to switch my books, the lounge to meet for a group project, and the building that has the coffee station. As a commuter, this type of building that serves as multitude of different necessities for a college student would not only my commuter’s life easier, but professors and residents as well. Residents now have a place to hang out on the weekends—that isn’t restricted to the opening and closing hours of the library. Virginia Kamper made a great point about students who live on campus that don’t have cars feel like they are at an off campus property, such as a mall. In a way, it does fit the definition of a mall being “a large building or group of buildings containing stores of many different kinds and sizes” ( Professors now have the ability to meet with students for coffee and break down that barrier of teachers and students. Not to mention, this new building gives students, teachers, and other faculty members more sitting/working space. In my university, often times it is hard to find an ideal work area that isn’t crowded or with outgoing freshmen eager to get to know each other.

    On the other hand, when considering a large financial decision such as building a modern-hybrid building, one needs to assess the con’s as well and if the risk to benefit is worth it. Just simply the financial reasons, would the investment pay off with new students, or the profits of the coffee shops and electronics repair sustainable? Depending on the school size and alumni-base, this type of expenditure for a “business” would not be feasible. If it was to be done in a public school, would taxpayers be happy about a purchase such as this one? All of these considerations need to be assessed in order to make a decision. On surface level, why wouldn’t every college have the newest, cutting edge technology and resources to leverage their “clients” to ensure maximum development rates?

  38. Adara Gonzalez February 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

    All throughout the article, I put my imagination into practice and tried to conjure something similar to the “next generation campus bookstore” to be existing here at Seton Hall. Thankfully, I could not picture anything similar to the immense five story building residing on campus. Personally, I find the building to be useless and unnecessary.
    Yes, it may be true, bookstores are dying thanks to the new age of internet and the growing ability of finding cheaper alternatives. These new buildings are just a new way of forceful reinvention that is not needed and was never asked for. It reflects the growing age of technology, the incessant need of taking things that nobody asked to be fixed or change and compacting them into a smaller uncomfortable format and expecting to be praised for the “innovation”.
    I speak as a Seton Hall student who would have to deal with the possibility and consequences of having one of those grotesques looking buildings off put the look on Seton Hall campus. No one has complained about having the Technology and Laptop center in the basement of Corrigan Hall. No one complains about the beautiful three floors found in the Walsh Library. And although many may complain about the Gourmet Dining Services, absolutely no one complains about the convenience of having variety in food and location. All of these services are found around campus with just a short walking distance. Each of these buildings and locations are key to the campus life. There is no need to fix what is not broken and that is what the reinvention of the bookstore is doing.
    I agree, the bookstore is no longer used to buy books, I mostly go to buy over expensive gum. But that doesn’t mean to take all the amenities found on a campus and force them all together, and even adding more unnecessary services. Arizona State University’s “innovative bookstore” serves wine in their food and beverage venue to of age students, professors and the public. They have now found a way for make money, which I am not against, a college, is first a business, then an institution for higher education. But is it what the college stands for? I find it ridiculous that they choose to make money off of serving wine, instead of continuing to support individual buildings with their own purpose. And if the college does need to make money, how about raising technology fees or tuition, not just blatantly serving alcohol on or around a college campus.
    The only way this “marketplace book store” could actually make sense is in a large campus college. Since I do speak from the perspective of a Seton Hall student, I may come off as somewhat biased in the idea. But the reinvented bookstore would only bring benefit for students in schools as big and expanded as Rutgers for example, where students will thrive off of the commodity of it all.
    Perhaps it is just me who sees this as unnecessary. I know I am a lot more “old school” than what I should be, given the day and age I am currently in. I just look at the reinvented bookstore and I see a waste of time and money, colleges are attempting to fix a problem that is not broken. Sure the bookstore era is obviously dying, but students will not stop buying athleisure wear representing the school colors. Dedicating a bookstore to become a school pride clothing shop instead of a five floor building investment is a lot more a smarter and cheaper alternative. But, to each his own, I just hope Seton Hall doesn’t get a whiff of the idea.

  39. Selena October 24, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    As a student, I love the idea of incorporating a town square and marketplace on campus, instead of a bookstore. Colleges are definitely incorporating this on their campuses to attract students and deal with the decline in ordinary bookstores. These “next generation campus stores” are filled with a variety of amenities like food stores, study areas, tech support, and perhaps purchase a book. Printed course materials are not as popular anymore. Personally, I enjoy using both printed and online materials for my classes. Although I may like to hold a physical book when I read, the online book is convenient and all I have to carry around is my laptop. The online materials also have different features like highlighting and even tutoring.
    The new approach to a bookstore is giving students a cultural experience and a hub to gather with various activities. Within the new bookstore students have everything in one place. They can study while having lunch, meet with friends for a glass of wine in the evening, get their laptop fixed with tech support, or buy a book. I think this is a new attraction for students and will draw in prospective students. More campuses are developing the “campus towns” which are really convenient and students do not have to leave campus because everything is already there. It is not a surprise that in this time of technology advancement, physical books are becoming out-of-date and there is no longer a need for a store to be dedicated to solely books. College’s can capitalize on the decline in bookstores and create new town squares that partially include a bookstore.

  40. Madyson Y. February 7, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    It is the first day of classes and the professor just assigned a mandatory textbook, where do students in the 21st century go to buy it? I will give you a hint, not from the college bookstore. If you went around the room and asked all the students one by one where they shop for their textbooks, the answer would either be from Chegg, Amazon, or from another online third party. There is the off chance that one or a few students would actually rent or buy the textbook from the school bookstore. The prices of the books sold through the school do not even compare to how cheap others are through online outlets.

    When you walk into my school’s bookstore it is split into two sides: one side is of course all of the textbooks and school supplies, while the other side is filled with school apparel and accessories. All of my previous trips and my friends trips to the campus bookstore only included us swiping our debit cards for the newest shirt or sweatshirt, never for a book. Every time I walked in it never even crossed my mind to look for a course required textbook. That is why I feel that it would be more beneficial to incorporate a “town square”, as the article states, onto campuses nationwide.

    Textbooks are just taking up unnecessary space on shelves that could be filled with other beneficial resources that students would rather prefer. In today’s day in age, college students are utilizing the online textbook option rather than the paperback version. The additional perk to the online alternatives is that it gives students the option to highlight the crucial points in each chapter, something they could not do if they were to rent the book from their university. It also allows the student to listen to a pre-recorded audio version of the book, which is beneficial if the student is simultaneously taking notes. Since not every student uses the online version, the university can get rid of all the textbooks in the bookstore and have a few copies of each book in the stock room just in the off chance someone orders through the university.

    With all the extra space becoming available, the university can add a café or another place where students can hang out and destress from all their responsibilities. This new remodel can also add extra profits to the college. I know my campus already has a pub and a few other places where students can go and grab a bite to eat, so adding another restaurant would not be beneficial. Instead, the new “town square” can include fun activities like bowling or a movie theater. If the university does not want to go that route they can put in a hair or nail salon or a little convenience store so that way students who reside on campus would not have to spend money on ride sharing services, pay money for gas, or even leave the campus just to grab the essentials from the store. Taking the textbooks off the shelves, filling the empty space with something else, and changing the name from bookstore to “town square” could lead to higher profits for the university and more beneficial resources for their students.

  41. Rose Hyppolite October 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    Similar to Adara, the article also projected a vivid image in my mind of how this next generation campus would look like at Rider University. As described in the article, Rider University’’ bookstore is the traditional bookstore where students come in to buy books and school gears. It is nothing compared to the renovation stated in the article. However, I do find it very hard to believe that a school would provide all of these services to students without the school providing the individual laptops or Ipads. The idea of the next-generation campus would definitely bring more attractions and enhance the college experience for students.

    Although it would be great to have somewhere to buy books, grab lunch and fix my laptop provided by the school, I do not think Rider University is near to providing this kind of upgrade for a bookstore. Personally, I have not purchased a book from the school shop since my freshman year. Students are not using outside resources to get their materials at a cheaper rate. As far as the renovations, Rider has been renovating the pub and the student recreational center to provide their students with the experience of the next generation campus store. I think they are doing a great job at it.

  42. Juliet Akcay October 7, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

    Society is changing as technology is evolving. It doesn’t surprise me that college bookstores are being renovated to different sceneries for different uses. Technology relates in this because a lot of coursework in school is digital. What is the point of having a bookstore on campus if most students buy the digital version because it is cheaper and easier to bring to class? Imagine having four classes back to back and not having to carry four large textbooks because all textbooks can be accessed with the click of a button. That is every college kids dream. This article made me realize that two things college kids need are technology and food. If an on campus bookstore evolves into a technology center with nearby food, you bet a lot of students would spend their time there. Personally, I don’t like to do everything on my laptop because I can’t focus, so I like to have a physical book in front of me. One of the schools in the article said that after the busy season of buying books at the bookstore is over, they get rid of them and start having events. This would be good for people like me who do utilize the physical textbook and don’t go back to the bookstore until it is time to return them.
    At Barnes and Noble, you can find a coffee shop, usually a starbucks inside. This attracts consumers into the store because not many people will go into a bookstore with the internet available today, but with a coffee shop, they will be more inclined to go inside. With the market place campuses are turning their bookstores into, they will have more business instead of losing money during the off seasons. Personally, I don’t see a need to completely demolish a bookstore, but yet to better other parts of campus. At my college, Rider University, we have renovated many parts of the campus to keep up with modern society but also to maintain the feel of what Rider University was and will continue to be. I would suggest putting in coffee shops and small market places around campus, which Rider has been incorporating. The main part of college is to get an education and not having a bookstore on campus just doesn’t seem right.

  43. Noelle Arrighi December 9, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    I believe this article sets forth a multitude of benefits for college campuses everywhere, as a student I can attest to many of the advantageous aspects addressed in the article. While I was happy to read this article as a student, I believe someone who truly should take the time to read this is the Seton Hall faculty and staff that have the potential to make ideas like this a reality at SHU. Speaking as a college student surrounded by many other college students I can support the statement stating, “According to the National Association of College Stores, course material sales have been on a slow decline for at least the last decade.” Semester after semester and course after course, I hear more of “I didn’t even buy the book for this class,” or “I barely spent any money on books because I do not need them,” or increasing mention of online books and materials. If this trend increases the needs for full on bookstores will render useless.

    Not only can establishing these facilities on college campuses, Seton Hall included, can alleviate the potentially lost funds of a campus bookstore, they can generate revenue and enhance campus enjoyment by replacing the building with a modern coffee shop or a place on campus that promotes the same friendly-gathering atmosphere. FastCompany said it best by stating, “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.” There is little to no downside to this change. A change like this at Seton Hall would be especially beneficial because of our small campus the amount of these seems to be lacking in regards to other universities. Although a stretch, this could potentially be something that improves Seton Hall student body’s overall happiness, especially if Seton Hall continues to rank at the top of the list of student unhappiness. Something like this would also enhance the livelihood of campus with another place for students to spend time on campus which could also increase appeal for the campus because it would embellish the college campus atmosphere. Something to keep in mind is the little success bookstores have been having lately in the overall economy, not just on college campuses, for instance, Barnes and Noble.

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