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Textbook Options Provide More Convenience, Affordability

Published: September 1, 2010

CSULB’s University Bookstore is in full swing, assisting students with orders, answering questions, and keeping its shelves freshly stocked for the start of the Fall semester. Students can still buy traditional textbooks, but the bookstore now offers more options that save students money. From the more traditional used books, to new rental options, and even digital books.

Below are a few of the options available:

Digital Marketplace

The bookstore is participating in a new and innovative pilot program sponsored by the CSU Chancellor’s Office called the Digital Marketplace. The Digital Marketplace is dedicated to helping institutions effectively acquire, share, and distribute commercial and noncommercial digital learning content and resources to bring down the cost of educational materials for students. The Digital Marketplace is able to achieve this mission by providing a database of course materials for faculty where they can select their books, not having to rely as heavily on publishers and in turn, selecting books that are either free or very inexpensive for the students. CSULB is only one of five CSU campuses participating in this program and at the current time six instructors are participating, which can potentially benefit more than 800 students. For more information please visit the Digital Marketplace website.

Textbook Express

In August, the bookstore partnered with the University’s Enrollment Services to provide a new feature via MyCSULB where students can access their required textbooks. This new program allows students to view all required textbooks from their specific class schedule and even provides the bookstore’s prices with ISBN’s and other pertinent textbook information. This benefits students by saving time and allowing them to make a purchase at the store, or simply use that information to shop around off-campus. This new MyCSULB feature has received more than 35,500 hits through the month of August.

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Textbook Rentals – Powered by Chegg

The bookstore is also launching a new venture with Chegg textbook rental, just in time for the Fall semester. Through Chegg, students can choose to rent textbooks, saving them potentially hundreds of dollars. Chegg offers more than 2,500 CSULB titles and comes with a 30-day “any reason” guarantee. If a class is cancelled or a student drops a class, they will be able to return the book hassle free. For added convenience, students will be able to rent their books directly from Chegg through the store’s website or can choose to place an order in-person at any Chegg kiosk located inside the bookstore. Books can be shipped or delivered for pick-up at the store.

Digital Books

The bookstore has partnered with JumpBooks (via CourseSmart), to offer more digital books as an alternative to traditional textbooks. JumpBooks are the same version of a textbook, but are accessible in a downloadable format, or available on the web. Digital books can be viewed or printed directly from a computer and are an affordable alternative for many students. Each semester, the store continues to expand its selections and offers more digital books to students. JumpBooks may come with viewing limitations depending on the version a student purchases. For example, some programs only provide access specific for that semester (about 180 days). To learn more about JumpBooks, visit its website.