eTextbook FAQ
Below is a small list of frequently asked questions we get when students inquire about digital or etextbooks.
  1. Are all textbooks available as eTextbooks now?
  2. Are eTextbooks a lot cheaper than the printed material?
  3. Can I sell my eTextbook when I’m finished my course, as I can with physical textbooks?
  4. Is the eTextbook market growing?

1. Are all textbooks available as eTextbooks now?
No, eTextbook options are most common in Science, Health, Management, and Financial disciplines.

2. Are eTextbooks a lot cheaper than the printed material?
eTextbook prices are generally 60% to 75% of the printed textbook price, but this varies by publisher.

3. Can I sell my eTextbook when I’m finished my course, as I can with physical textbooks?
No you cannot: eTextbooks are actually ‘rentals’, as the digital rights limitations (DRM) render the E-textbook inaccessible to the user, usually 180 days after purchase.

4. Is the eTextbook market growing?
Yes, but eTextbook sales accounted for less than 1.5% of overall textbook unit sales at the U of M last year, and many eTextbooks were sold as part of an Access Code package, so it’s difficult to estimate the percentage of students who prefer eTextbooks alone.

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