Overview of Buyback and Why Timely Adoptions are Important
Textbook buyback is the process by which students sell back to the bookstore the materials they purchased for their courses. Materials bought back include traditional textbooks, trade books, and ancillary items, such as study guides, unused workbooks, clickers, and calculators.
Buyback is important for both The University Bookstore and our students. Many students prefer to buy used books when they have the option, and the bookstore has a commitment to stock them to honor that student preference. Our goal is to help our students reduce the overall cost of their textbooks by providing them with less expensive used books at the beginning of the semester and then giving them top dollar for their books at the end of the semester.
Receiving your adoptions on time has a direct impact on achiving this goal.
The price offered for books varies by market demand, with 50% of the current retail price being the highest for titles that will be used the following term, up to the buyback need or "target" quantity.
Books that will not be used on campus, but have value nationally, are bought back at the wholesale price. Some books have little or no market value and are not bought back. These include titles for which there is insufficient demand nationally to warrant purchasing them, books in poor condition, and books that are--or are going--out of print.
If an adoption is turned in after buyback week, we have potentially paid our students a very low dollar amount or sent them away with their books. If we haven’t been able to buy any copies back, we will also need to order all new books for that class. This impacts the original student’s overall cost of the textbook, as well as the costs for students in the next term because they have to pay more for new books.
Summer 2018 - March 12, 2018
Fall 2018 - April 16, 2018
Textbook Adoption Form
If you are adopting materials for courses on behalf of an academic unit, please submit adoptions via Follett Discover.
If you are a faculty member adopting materials for your course, you can access the Follett Discover tool through Canvas -- canvas.ou.edu -- under "Account" and then "Profile" without having to create a separate account.
If you have questions about using Follett Discover, please contact the University Bookstore at (405) 325-3511“Pursuant to the Bookstore Operating Agreement between Follett and the University of Oklahoma, Follett shall have the exclusive right, to buy, sell and distribute printed textbooks and printed custom anthologies and sell licensed merchandise on campus. The parties recognize that textbooks and/or course materials currently offered by Follett may also be available through multiple electronic vendors, sources or sites; University agrees that it will not endorse, license, or approve other sources for these materials. The University shall have the right to provide or promote access to any electronic content which has been created by University faculty or affiliates; including, but not limited to electronic content available through University memberships in academic consortia, subscriptions, Service Agreements, or Pilots; any electronic content; and all free or open electronic content.”
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OU Libraries helps reduce the cost of textbooks through their Alternative Textbook Grants, which include Open Educational Resource (OER) Grants and Library Resources Grants. OER Grants support instructors who want to adopt, modify, or create OER (educational materials that are distributed at no cost and with legal permission for the public to freely use, share, and build upon the content). OER give faculty members the power to customize content specifically for their courses as well as provide free or low-cost learning resources for their students. Library Resource Grants support faculty members transition from traditional textbooks to library licensed e-resources (ebooks, full text journal articles) in Canvas. For more information visit the OER Guide, the Alternative Textbook Guide, or the Course Materials in Canvas Guide.
If you have questions about textbook adoptions, Follett Discover, or if you need training, please contact:
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