Suggest materials for library purchase. Librarians have an annual budget to purchase
materials for the Library collection to support your courses, as well as request trial
databases. Contact your librarian.
Don't Purchase Text Packs or Add-ons just for the quizzes and tests. These are very
costly for students and the test banks can often be imported into Cougar Courses for
free. Contact IDS for help with this.
Don't be lured in by the publisher's offers to customize a text or lower the cost
by offering it as a loose-leaf version, which cannot be resold. While these appear
to be cheaper options, in many cases students can purchase a used version of the full
text at a lower cost.
Use the News Forum in your course to let students know what materials will be required
several weeks in advance of term starting dates and point them to our Find Lower Cost Textbooks page, so they can find the best solution for their needs and have the texts the first day of class.
Consider Sticking with older versions of texts. Publishers release “new” editions
about every three years which typically cost 12% more than the previous edition. Let
the bookstore know you want the older edition, or allow students to use any edition.
Rent digital. The CSU’s Rent Digital Program is saving students 60% or more off new print textbook costs on over 50,000 popular
titles. All the major textbook publishers are participating. The downside - these
books are usually a 3 month rental, so may end up costing more than a used copy of
a physical text students can sell back.
Are you using multiple texts but assigning just a portion of each text? Custom publishers
such as XanEdu, or LAD Custom Publishing (through CSUSM bookstore) offer faculty the ability to
create a custom text including articles, book chapters, web sites, and other materials.
Custom publishers provide copyright clearance and a running total price as you build