The Innovative Instruction Technology Grants project, "The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY," used IITG funds for the licensing of electronic versions of textbooks, or e-textbooks, that are used in common courses across three SUNY schools: SUNY Brockport, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Delhi. Leveraging the extensive licensing and resource delivery expertise of the participating libraries, this pilot project seized the opportunity that the recent emergence of e-textbooks represents to serve SUNY students more efficiently both academically and financially. The pilot investigated the opportunities and challenges of implementing e-textbooks across diverse SUNY campuses.
According to the NY State Comptroller's Office in 2008, freshman at SUNY and CUNY schools paid between $400-$800 per semester for textbooks, and those costs have historically risen at a rate twice that of inflation. The recent emergence of electronic textbooks (or e-textbooks) represents an opportunity for the higher education community to serve students more efficiently both academically and financially.
SUNY Delhi is participating in Phase II of this initiative.
The vast majority of SUNY campus bookstores are offering textbook rentals that can save students up to 60% on textbook costs. Not all textbooks are available through rental programs, but these services reflect a growing awareness of affordability issues for students.
Publishers are providing a variety of learning solutions that you may want to explore. The major commercial publishers also have custom textbook services as well. Check out Tips for Buying Textbooks.