How many ways can we make the textbooks affordable?

As we discussed so far, providing online textbooks, the university library renting service and textbooks recycling are all student-friendly and eco-friendly for the social community. Today let’s conclude how many ways we can make the textbooks affordable and how to complete the campaign strategy — to save money for students and enhance the learning outcomes.

  1. Providing online textbooks and notes. This way is actually undertaking by many universities in Australia. For example, if a course only uses one chapter from a book as learning requirement, the professor will upload the chapter online for students to read instead of buying the book.
  2. E-textbooks authority. This one is hard to be totally completed due to the copyright issues. Although, universities can still have a try to negotiation with authors, textbooks supply business and social media.
  3. Textbooks rental service. Most universities in America have their rental textbooks system in terms of providing affordable textbooks for students from university libraries. In Australia, we can provide a certain number of textbooks for renting according to the register of courses. Students pay deposit for each book and they can have the books for a semester from university libraries. At the end of the semester, when they return the books with a good condition they can get their deposit back.
  4. Textbooks recycle system. This system can provide a platform for students to buy and sell second hand textbooks. Most of students would not use their uni textbooks much. Therefore, textbooks recycle system will help them deal the second hand textbooks to save money for both buyers and sellers. Further, it is also eco-friendly for the environment and society.

Textbooks and University Library Services

Most universities in America have their rental textbooks system in terms of providing affordable textbooks for students from university libraries. When you log in the library system, for example, the MSU (Michigan State University) library provides options to rent a MSU textbooks or textbooks from other university or bookstores. Students can either book a textbook rental appointment or borrow books from the library at the beginning of a semester. http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/textbooks

rental_textbooksAmazon is considering building up a book rental library service. It will be engaged for Amazon if they set up the service. Both universities and their libraries are going to be promoted as well in this case. According to the Wall Street Journal, “is in talks to start a library service that will see folks pay a monthly subscription in exchange for access to book rentals.” Relevant reports indicate that book publishers will be offered a substantial fee to take part in the program, which has yet to be confirmed by e-tail giant Amazon.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-kindle-library-book-rental,news-12496.html

In order to contribute the e-textbooks system and the textbook rental service, university libraries in Australia can offer a fact list to help students save money when purchasing textbooks. The list contains textbooks options, course recommendations, professor requirements and other relevant options recommended by colleges. Thus, students are encouraged to research their study up-to-date and check with their professors about lessons in regular. It is a good experience to enhance the learning outcomes for university students.

iTunes U

This video shows that what is iTunes U and how educators use it for a variety of reasons.

iTunes U is a section of the iTunes Store where users can download free educational course content from any colleges and universities, non-profit educational institutions, and K-12 organizations.

The content, which includes course lectures, lab demos, sports items, and campus tours, comes as audio and video files. All downloads are free. The purpose of iTunes U is ‘Learn for free’.

However, there are 13 Australian universities used iTunes U which offer course materials, pod-casts and general university information (http://www.cnet.com.au/itunes-u-whats-on-offer-from-australian-universities-339300214.htm).
iTunes U is a future tendence. It will dramatically increase the variety and accessibility of textbooks and learning materials.