The deadline for fall 2013 semester textbook orders is April 1, 2013. Indicate your textbook adoptions through My ASU.
The Arizona Board of Regents continues to be interested in progress on book availability and costs. An Arizona Student Association survey of students reported that students are now spending about $300 less per year on books than in earlier years.
Placing your order by the April 1 deadline has two effects.
- Students can sell their books back to the Bookstore if the book is being used for the fall 2013 semester.
- Ensures the Bookstore has your textbooks on the shelves before the semester begins.
The Bookstore buyback program routinely returns almost $1 million dollars to ASU students. Placing your textbook order on time indirectly increases student retention by helping reduce financial obstacles in attending ASU. The buyback program depends critically on getting the orders in on time.
The Bookstore, now under the management of Follett, has dramatically increased the number of titles available for rental—45 percent of titles were rentable for fall and spring semesters. Book rental represents another significant cost savings for students. This spring, savings amounted to approximately $1.2 million dollars.
The Bookstore also continue to offer a “low price guarantee” to our students among other initiatives. In this period of economic distress, reducing textbook costs is an effective way that each faculty member can help students financially. But this can only happen through attention to book price and timely ordering.