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College of the Mainland
News Release
Friday, July 29, 2011

College of the Mainland Welcomes New Bookstore to Campus


Texas Book Company (TBC) is the new bookstore company at College of the Mainland. Tracy Turpin, Texas Book Company director of operations, said that as part of this new contract, COM will see a refreshed campus store and an improved web presence to better connect students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni to the bookstore.


“We are committed to delivering our world-class services through the COM bookstore,” Turpin said. “We look forward to working directly with the campus and community to ensure that the campus store is taking full advantage of our innovative and cost-saving programs. Texas Book Company is extremely proud to have College of the Mainland as our newest partner.”


“I am very excited about Texas Book Company running the College’s bookstore.  I have already seen firsthand that TBC is a company with integrity, and have done everything that they said they would do for COM, and more, up to this point.  When we were reviewing the bookstore companies that submitted proposals for consideration, I came to the decision at the end of the process that TBC was the only company that I would forward to the president for board approval,” said Lisa Templer, vice president of College and Financial Services. Templer explained TBC was the only company that really understood community colleges and first generation students. TBC will offer new services as well, such as e-books, book rental, online book purchases, online book reservation, and a huge used book inventory.


Texas Book Company, which is headquartered in Greenville, Texas, is the largest textbook wholesaler in the Southwest, working with thousands of college bookstores in all 50 states. The company's College Bookstore Division has grown to be the leader in customer-focused campus bookstore management, and operates college bookstores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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