CSUf News Service
Campus Joins Systemwide E-Textbook Rental Effort
Oct. 7, 2013
Cal State Fullerton is joining other CSU campuses in a systemwide effort to offer digital versions of textbooks to students. The new program is called CSU Rent Digital.
"Digital textbooks can be offered at a cost savings of 60 percent or more compared to purchasing a new print textbook," said Kimberly Ball, director of Titan Shops. "CSU students typically pay more than $800 per year for their books. By reducing their expenses, we believe we can provide better access to a quality CSU learning experience. And we need faculty members to be aware that this is available."
THE CSU has awarded CSUF $24,000 to enable the University's Affordable Learning Solutions team to create a systematic outreach campaign to enhance understanding and training for the advancement of the use of ebooks and other affordable technology.
"Support from the Chancellor’s Office for this truly collaborative initiative will help the campus better meet the needs of students in terms of affordability — and since information really does make a difference, the opportunity to provide a single site where all of the great work that many on this campus are doing, and to provide a promotional and training campaign to help the campus develop affordable options is of great value," said Kristin K. Stang, one of the coordinators of the Affordable Learning Solutions team, professor of special education and director of the Information Technology Academic Technology Center. "The potential long-term impact of this project is great, and it has been a pleasure to work with such a diverse group of campus members coming together with a shared goal of improving access and affordability for our students."