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OSU Campus Bookstores Close Under Weight of Online Sales
COLUMBUS (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- The college bookstore seems to be turning into an endangered business, as yet another shop near Ohio State University campus prepares to shut its doors.
An employee confirmed that University Book Exchange, known as UBX, will close later this term.
Two others on campus -- College Town and Buckeye Books -- have also gone out of business.
Students said the stores can't compete with the book prices available online.
"Most of the time, I get them online -- Amazon or some other websites, even Ebay sometimes," said freshman Mickey Huber.
Senior Brittany Kitsos said she would shop at the brick and mortar stores only as back-up plan.
"I'm running a little behind this semester, so I check this bookstore to see if they had the books I needed in stock," she said.
For others, the only reason to hit the bookstore may be for the non-literary merchandise.
"Sometimes, but mostly just to check out t-shirts and other stuff," Huber said.
UBX managers declined to comment on why the store is closing.
Columbus is not the only city experiencing textbook store closures. Barnes and Nobel closed its New York City textbook flagship store earlier this month.