Education publisher

A fully integrated e-commerce and print on demand service for a major publisher.

The challenge

This educational publisher offers remote online learning to over 160,000 students worldwide. The publisher wanted to offer their students the option of printed materials in addition to online content.

This required a sophisticated e-commerce solution, which would restrict content effectively and only make printed materials available for the courses on which each student was enrolled.

The solution

Hobbs developed an eCommerce solution that securely enables students to purchase course materials for degrees in which they are enrolled.

The system allows students to order coursework as a whole or in parts as they progress. When purchasing, students can opt to print in colour or black only to reduce the print costs.

Provision of service

Hobbs has built a dedicated, branded ordering portal, which seamlessly integrates with the publisher’s website.¬†

Hobbs then processes the orders and prints the requested materials. Prior to packing and despatch, holes are drilled in the printed coursework to facilitate placement into A4 ring binders.


Our print on demand solution currently delivers over 2 million page prints per annum and is available to over 160,000 students worldwide who are presently studying with this publisher.

Both the publisher and their students have expressed high satisfaction with the service provided.

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    Chris Hobbs on 30th September 2020