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    Online bookstore causes problems for some students

    In March, the Queens College Bookstore closed due to the expiration of a contract with the previous provider, Follett. Akademos was selected to be the new book provider, however, the bookstore would be fully online. While the transition did not seem like a big deal, as QC is the fourth CUNY College to have an online-only bookstore, students have been weighing in on their first semester without a bookstore on campus. Ricardo Simpson, a freshman English major, said he had a bad experience with the new online bookstore. “It’s terrible; I would not recommend it to anyone. My book took forever to arrive, so I had to purchase it elsewhere.…

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    Queens College bookstore is going digital

    Queens College’s 20-year contract with Follett, the current bookstore provider, ended in December. Beginning in 1997, Follett was able to sell books and supplies until 2006. But the contract was extended for another 10 years. This left other companies to control the familiar spot in the Student Union. Akademos won out of all the bids for the bookstore, but there’s a catch—it will all go online. “There was no option to simply extend the contract with Follett,” Adam Rockman, vice president for Student Affairs, said. “Transition planning has been going on for several months, and we are looking forward to providing our students with the best and least-expensive options for…