Textbook Q+A

Textbook Q+A

07/18/2017 0

Textbooks Q+A with Kim

We asked incoming freshmen what they wanted to know about textbooks, and Campus Relations Manager, Kim Estes, answered! To see the full thread, join the #UT21: Freshman 411 + Giveaways on Facebook!

 

Q: When will fall 2017 course materials/ textbooks be released on the Austin Co-op book site?

A: Our book list site will go live the week of July 31st. Please take advantage of accessing your booklist directly from your schedule page at www.utdirect.utexas.edu. All your course materials load automatically from the schedule page so it makes your look up that much easier! You will need your UT EID to login to the UTDirect site. -Kim

 

Q: If we buy a textbook but then later learn we don't need it or need a different book, can we exchange it or return the book?

A: Absolutely! You have until September 6th, 2017 to conduct any exchange or refund with receipt. -Kim

 

Q: Do we have to buy the books before classes start? And if so, where do we find out what books we need?

A: Our largest quantities of used books are available before classes begin. To obtain your course materials list, take advantage of accessing your booklist directly from your schedule page at www.utdirect.utexas.edu. Click the load and compare button at the bottom of the screen. All your course materials load automatically from the schedule page so it makes your look up that much easier! You will need your UT EID to login to the UTDirect site. Our book list site will go live the week of July 31st. -Kim

 

Q: Do you only sell hardcover books or do you also have PDF? And does the price vary a lot?

A: We offer hardback, paperback, e-book (where available) and custom published course packs through our custom publishing division. Copyright clearance approval has been obtained for all materials we reproduce. We do not provide PDF versions of textbooks due to copyright laws. They would be more expensive to request permissions to reproduce than the already copyright protected produced versions we offer. PDF versions of textbooks are not eligible for buy back opportunities at the end of the term. -Kim

 

Q: Do you recommend hard copy books or PDFs? And do you offer PDF texbooks?

A: Hardcopy over pdfs for two reasons. Hardcopy or paperback give you an opportunity to sell it back at the end of the semester and hardcopy or paperback are copyright protected. We do not offer pdf versions of textbooks due to copyright laws. PDF versions of textbooks are not eligible for buy back opportunities at the end of the term. -Kim

 

Q: Do you compare prices on textbooks?

A: Yes, we do! We list all major online retailer’s prices in real time on our course materials site. Our book list site will go live the week of July 31st. Please take advantage of accessing your booklist directly from your schedule page at www.utdirect.utexas.edu.Click the load and compare button at the bottom of the screen. All your course materials load automatically from the schedule page so it makes your look up that much easier! You will need your UT EID to login to the UTDirect site. Once on our site, you will have the ability to view all pricing. -Kim

 

Q: What is the price range for textbooks at the Co-op?

A: We work hard to keep our prices very competitive in comparison to online sources. Prices vary greatly dependent on the course content you are being provided. We have books under $5.00 all the way up to the most expensive engineering textbook at $250.00. -Kim

 

Q: Do you have any advice on renting/buying/used textbooks? Are there pros to each or is renting the absolute best?

A: I hope to help with some facts so you are well advised before you commit. We have many different price options available. Renting books takes the guess work out of what the value will be at the end of the semester during the buyback period. With renting, all the savings are realized on the front end. Buying used books over new books will save a minimum of 25% at the time of purchase and they have a sell back option. At the end of the semester, we pay half of the new book price regardless if you purchased it used. From a sell back stand point, you get the most return on your investment by purchasing used. The only unknown on selling your books back is we cannot guarantee at the time of purchase the future use by faculty. We do not know in August or September what will be requested for courses in January. That information is requested from faculty in October. -Kim

 

Q: It makes sense to rent textbooks for classes in fields you won't study again (e.g. Biology if you're an English major), but for classes that are relevant for your major, is it better to rent for the semester, or should you buy them for future reference?

A: If renting is your preference, any title you rent may be purchased during or at the end of the semester. You just pay the difference between the rental and purchase price and then you own it instead of borrowing for the rental fee. -Kim

 

Q: what are some options for people who really cannot afford even to rent?

A: If you enjoy a dynamic atmosphere and like to help others, why not apply with us? We offer all our student employees a 25% discount on textbooks plus flexible schedules to ensure your education comes first. -Kim

 

Q: When is the best time to buy textbooks?

A: Our book list site will go live the week of July 31st. Please take advantage of accessing your booklist directly from your schedule page at www.utdirect.utexas.edu. All your course materials load automatically from the schedule page so it makes your look up that much easier! You will need your UT EID to login to the UTDirect site. The week before class is the best time to buy books because we will have the largest quantity of used books available and traffic will be lighter. -Kim

 

Q: Does the Co-op offer all editions of textbooks or simply the ones that are most commonly required and used?

A: The Co-op is the official aggregator for the book list for the University of Texas. This means that if a professor lets us know that they will be using a book for this semester that we will carry it. We will offer any editions that the instructor approved as an alternate choice. -Kim

 

 

 

Kim Estes is our Campus Relations Manager. Kim acts as the liaison between the Co-op and the University of Texas at Austin.