Unibooks is the leading supplier of textbooks to the South
Australian Tertiary sector, and has considerable resources at its disposal.
HELP US HELP YOU
As an academic, you play a vital role in ensuring that the
textbook cycle functions smoothly by: getting your orders in on time promoting your
adopted text to your students, thus achieving a high sell-through rate.
Remember, if your sell-through history shows a strong support for sales, we will
support you by maintaining high inventory levels.
THE TEXTBOOK CYCLE
Unibooks produces lists that are circulated to all Academics
we have on record and contain information such as previous text requirements and
enrolment numbers for the relevant course. Adoption lists should be completed and
returned as soon as possible because most textbooks are imported via sea-freight
into Australia to save cost. If we do not place our orders prior to suppliers' cut-off
dates, additional costs are incurred because books then have to be air freighted.
Based on the information provided on the adoption list, our Academic
Liaison Officer will place orders with our suppliers. Our system records the sales
history of each book and course, and this sets a guideline for ordering quantities.
If your course or book has a low sell-through history (number of books sold divided
by number of students enrolled), then we order conservatively. Months before the
start of semester, we establish how much money can be spent on stocking up for the
period, and Academic Liaison Officers are required to adhere to this limit.
Sale or Return
Once the semester selling period has ended, we are required to
pay our suppliers. Any excess stock we have on hand may only be returned after our
accounts have been paid in full. Most suppliers place a limit on the number of books
that can be returned, and some suppliers do not accept any returns. This factor
is taken into account when ordering books, and we will generally order conservatively
from suppliers who will not accept returns from us.
Liaison Officers are available to visit your Department or School to discuss your
needs, please contact us to arrange a meeting.
EMAIL YOUR LIAISON
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