This web page is a collaborative effort of the UC Bookstore, Student Government, the Provost's Office, and the UC Libraries.
According to U.S. PIRG, "Students spend an average of $900 a year on textbooks—20 percent of tuition at an average university and half of tuition at a community college."
For Students and Parents
Benefits to students
- eBooks cost 40% - 60% less than new printed books
- Provide enhanced search features, including highlighting, note taking and limited printing
- May contain additional study aids
- They don't use paper, so they're great for the environment
Factors to consider
- Some eBooks expire after a set term
- Some are not refundable
- Some require an internet connection for each use
- Limits on printing (generally if you plan to print a large portion of the book, it is just as cost effective to buy the print book)
- These cannot be sold back at the end of the term
- Remember to back up your files so you do not lose the book if your computer crashes
Follet eBooks (Available at UC Bookstore)
- Downloadable, on one computer. Student doesn’t have to be connected to the internet to have access
- Refundable by the Bookstore if not downloaded
- Do not expire, the student has as long as they keep it on their computer
On a limited basis. Textbooks and other course materials required for individual classes generally are NOT purchased for the library collection. As a research library, our collections are focused on the diverse and long-term research needs of our users. However, some UC Libraries do buy textbooks.
To locate textbooks that are available:
- Direct students to eBooks through
- Follett eBooks (Available at UC Bookstore)
- Allow used textbooks when possible
- Order textbooks as early as possible (to facilitate optimal buy-back possibilities for the UC Bookstore)
- Create e-reserve options (to make digital versions of texts available via Blackboard or Canvas)
- Use course packets advisedly (as copyright costs might add significantly to the total cost of packets)
- Address copyright problems
- Warn students about incorrect editions (ideally through email via Blackboard in advance of opening day)
- Be aware of any applicable technology limits (as some students may not have the digital resources needed to access some electronic texts)
- "Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress" (April 4, 2019).
- Further information on these issues, including pedagogy strategies for faculty, is available through online materials developed at Carleton College.