New Textbook Ordering System

Advanced Technology Provides Convenience and Better Service

By: Rosa Jimenez

Students can now purchase their textbooks online, thanks to a new online shopping function available through “myWWU,” the university’s centralized computer information system.

“With a link from his or her myWWU account, a student can see all required and recommended books for the classes he or she has registered for,” says Matt Heinrich, manager of the University Bookstore. “That includes all the options and pricing for each title, whether new, used, rental or digital. Students can complete their order right then, provide their student I.D. or a credit card number, and have their books waiting for them in the store when they return from break.”

Also, Heinrich adds, ordering early makes it more likely that a student will be able to get a used copy of their textbook before the crowds arrive.

The system technology is called Registration Integration and is a product of Barnes & Noble College, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  The company has operated WWU’s University Bookstore since July 2011.  

The new ordering system will benefit the faculty as well.  “There is much less chance of a student buying the book for the wrong class because the student will only see the courses they're actually enrolled in,” says Heinrich.

For the university, the ordering service will assist in the university’s compliance with the textbook provisions of HEOA [Higher Education Opportunity Act. These provisions require that students be able to see the author, title and ISBN of the textbooks required for their courses when they enroll.

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