Snapplify and Van Schaik Bookstore partner to impact access to educational materials

21-09-2021 10:33:03 am

Global edtech company Snapplify and southern Africa’s leading academic bookseller, Van Schaik, have partnered to make it even easier for students to access both hardcopy and digital books.

The partnership between the two education powerhouses not only ensures that Van Schaik’s customers have access to ebooks from leading publishers, but that educational institutions can use Snapplify’s Engage platform to simplify their purchasing processes and order all the books they need – in both hardcopy and digital formats.

‘It’s really important to us that institutions, educators and students have everything they need to succeed. Our Engage platform offers schools an efficient way to order both hardcopy and digital textbooks online, all in one place,’ explained Snapplify’s CEO, Wesley Lynch. ‘Working closely with booksellers like Van Schaik means that we will be able to reach even more institutions with these time-saving tools and give them the ability to find and choose whatever content they need, in whatever format they prefer.’

Speaking for Van Schaik Bookstore, Operational Manager, Ugan Poobalan noted, ‘We’ve always believed that it is necessary to grow and evolve with our markets. This partnership with Snapplify will demonstrate once again our commitment to bring study material within reach of every school and learner in the format as needed. We have full confidence that this relationship will benefit not just the two parties but most importantly our customers.’

Established in 1914, Van Schaik is one of the oldest bookstores in southern Africa, with an impressive customer base across South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia. Snapplify services over 7200 educational institutions, is the largest digital educational marketplace in Africa, and has the largest network of booksellers in Africa.

Thousands of educational institutions, from K–12 to tertiary level, have already joined the Snapplify Engage family. Register online for free today to get access to a free e-library, teacher benefits and other incredible educational tools.

epteAbout Snapplify Snapplify is at the forefront of edtech solutions in Africa, and specialises in enabling digital learning for individuals and institutions via the largest digital educational marketplace in Africa.

As a socially minded company, Snapplify is committed to supporting others and creating sustainable change through collaboration and innovation. Snapplify technology is used in other educational products to facilitate collaboration throughout the educational community. Snapplify was awarded the Africa Region Gold Award at the 2020 Reimagine Education Conference and Awards in London and included on the esteemed 2020 HolonIQ EdTech 50 list – honours that are indicative of the company’s calibre in tech innovations.

About Van Schaik Bookstore Van Schaik Bookstore has a proud heritage as one of the oldest bookstores in southern Africa and reached our 100-year milestone in 2014. It is arguably Southern Africa’s leading academic bookstore chain with more than 70 stores located in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia. In addition to these outlets we have several seasonal sales points, online sales through our website and a library supply service.

Van Schaik Bookstore, has experience in optimally servicing institutions, professionals and students by deploying the most appropriate sales channel required. Academic materials and associated products are supplied to an institution on campus or in some instances, a customized selling platform can be crafted in recognition of the diverse environments we serve.

By maximizing Van Schaik Bookstore’s resources and vast experience, we are able to deliver a service to the institutions, staff and students comparable with the very best in the world. This is in line with the Companys mission to service our clients in Africa with quality education material in order for them to achieve their educational goals, which in turn uplifts the greater community's standard of living. Our excellence has been recognized by the garnering of industry awards such as the prestigious Sefika Academic Bookseller of the Year Award from 2012 to 2017.