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Browns Books for Students is a long-established and respected book, eBook and DVD supplier to primary, secondary and further education, supporting thousands of schools, colleges and libraries throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.
It supplies every UK book in print, at highly competitive terms, and offers same-day dispatch on orders placed before 2pm for non-serviced books.
Feedback from customers has found that some of the main challenges for literacy coordinators sourcing educational content for students are the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints.
So Browns Books for Students has endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including its handpicked collections and newly published titles.
This is why Browns Books for Students created a mobile educational book showroom in a double-decker bus stocked with over 4,000 books for the educational sectors.
The Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor double decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised by Blackpool Design Coachbuilders to the company’s unique requirements.
It measures 10.5m long, 2.55m wide and 4.4m tall, and is fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq metre mobile experience.
The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on an online ordering platform or the company’s eBook platform, VleBooks.
The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4,000 physical books. But there is also eight electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.
With mobile stock scanners, users can browse the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements, and arrive shelf ready for your library.
Why not have students or library representatives on the Book Bus put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?
Browns Books for Students strongly believes that if patrons feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.
Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.
On-board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy coordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place, so there’s no need to see multiple reps, no travel, and no biased heavy selling.
Browns Books for Students believes that accessibility to books is crucial, and its Book Bus will give that access not just to schools in major cities, but to rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate enough to have a static bookstore/showroom.
The Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.
“It’s a big purple bus with a magic staircase to books”
– Piper & Zachary 4 Years Old
“Browns Books for Students is passionate about the advancement of literacy within schools & communities. I am delighted to see this project on the road, and excited to see customers enjoy the experience of our mobile book showroom.”
– Yvette Stafford, MD Browns Books for Students
Come see the Book Bus at its launch event at the London Book Fair 2018 on 10-12 April at London Olympia. Or click here for more information on Browns Books for Students and the Book Bus.
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