Virtual Bookstore Announces Partnership with Miami University

The Virtual Bookstore has announced their partnership with Miami University. The online bookstore provider will serve as Miami’s exclusive textbook partner beginning Summer 2017.

The university chose to keep pace with how students are purchasing textbooks and course materials today. The virtual bookstore will offer students greater convenience and savings.

Miami University, founded in 1809, is a public research university with a current enrollment of over 24,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The main campus is located in Oxford, Ohio with regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown and West Chester, Ohio and the European Learning Center in Luxembourg.

Matt Montgomery, president and CEO of, commented on the partnership:

“ is delighted to partner with Miami University to provide their students with an innovative way to order all of their textbooks and course materials at competitive prices and receive FREE one-day shipping on every order without a pricey membership fee. The virtual bookstore model saves students a significant amount of time and money, the two most important things to today’s college students. As a result, the business of selling and renting physical books in university brick and mortar stores is becoming obsolete.”

April 4, 2017, marked the grand opening of the online storefront, known as the Online Textbook Source. Students can now order textbooks for Summer and Fall 2017 courses in addition to selling textbooks online prior to the on-campus buyback event in May 2017. Students have multiple purchasing options to choose from including new and used textbooks, textbook rental, digital versions, and marketplace items from trusted third-party vendors.

Online Textbook Source advantages for students:

  • Competitive internet pricing on new, used, rental and digital textbooks
  • FREE one-day UPS shipping to most areas in Ohio
  • Use MUlaa card and financial aid to pay for textbooks
  • Receive email and text message order updates
  • In-house customer service department
  • 30-day from the start of class return policy
  • Easy access to ordering through Miami’s intranet, myMiami, and the Miami bookstore website.

David Creamer, senior vice president for finance and business services for Miami, said, “Miami continues to find ways to rethink many of its business practices to better serve our students. Many students already buy textbooks through online services, and can facilitate their efforts faster with convenient delivery and customer support.”

Montgomery further applauded Miami’s decision to appoint as their exclusive textbook provider:

“Schools across the nation are now finding it imperative to rethink the “book” in bookstore as they are facing stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon, Chegg and Miami University has taken a practical step forward by selecting as its sole textbook provider, ensuring their students will receive the best possible ecommerce shopping experience at the most competitive prices.”

Miami University faculty and administrators will also benefit from this new alliance with the Virtual Bookstore. As part of the agreement, faculty will have access to the Faculty Administration Support Tool (FAST). Through FAST, faculty are able to enter adoptions and course materials, load course documents for students to download instantly, request desk copies, and more.