Title

The Role of Business Agreements in Defining Textbook Affordability and Digital Materials: A Document Analysis

Personal Identifier

10.18870/hlrc.v5i4.284

Keywords

eTextbook; textbook affordability; open educational resources; higher education

Abstract

Adopting digital materials such as eTextbooks and e-coursepacks is a potential strategy to address textbook affordability in the United States. However, university business relationships with bookstore vendors implicitly structure which instructional resources are available and in what manner. In this study, a document analysis was conducted on the bookstore contracts for the universities included in the State University System of Florida. Namely, issues of textbook affordability, digital material terminology and seller exclusivity were investigated. It was found that textbook affordability was generally conceived in terms of print rental textbooks and buyback programs, and that eTextbooks were priced higher than print textbooks (25% to 30% markup). Implications and recommendations for change are shared.

Publication Date

12-31-2015

Original Citation

Raible, J., & deNoyelles, A. (2015). The role of business agreements in defining textbook affordability and digital materials: A document analysis. Higher Learning Research Communications, 5(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.18870/hlrc.v5i4.284

Document Type

Paper

Publication Version

Publisher's version

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

College

Information Technologies & Resources

Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Department

Center for Distributed Learning



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