Reimagining campus bookstores as cultural co-ops: Opinion

July 8, 2021
As companies such as Amazon and other online retailers become go-to sources for textbooks, campus bookstores could be reimagined as cultural co-ops to keep from becoming obsolete, writes Paul Kelly. The author describes how bookstores, which may no longer be able to continue their traditional operations, could potentially develop partnerships with universities to subsidize the bookstore as an essential venue. Kelly suggests that becoming co-ops would allow them to carry books they may not sell as readily so that they can become an area students would enjoy browsing. The bookstores could also be used as “arts-culture centres” where people could come to hear visiting scholars, discuss ideas, act as study spaces, or get coffee. Times Higher Ed (Subscription required) (Editorial)