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Textbook Adoptions

To maintain an accurate database of information, you will receive a personalized link from us once your department has submitted its course schedule to the Registrar.

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Faculty Handbook

Our faculty handbook is full of information about working with the CU Book Store to get the best course materials for your students

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Campus Publishing

Work with Campus Publishing to create your own custom course materials

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Textbook Adoption Deadlines

Required Faculty must submit course material information to the CU Book Store (even if none are required) by the following due dates for each term.

  • Fall Term - Due by April 1st
  • Spring Term - Due by October 1st
  • Summer and Maymester Terms - Due by March 7th

Please note: Late course information increases the risk the materials will not be available on the first day of class.

We Can Help Our Students Save Money on Textbooks
Here's how the CU Book Store and faculty can work together to reduce costs for parents and students

In most situations, students save money when faculty provide course materials information early. The bookstore can stock more used books. The bookstore can acquire books for less money and offer lower rental pricing. The students save money. The University saves money.
If you have a large, introductory course, consider Day 1 Digital Access. The term “Day 1 Digital Access”, also called “inclusive access”, refers to course materials that are delivered electronically through the LMS and are available to students enrolled in the course on the first day of class. The bookstore then bills enrolled students after the census date at the guaranteed lowest market price for the materials. Currently, the CU Book Store only supports “Day 1 Digital Access” materials that include an adaptive learning product. Your publishing representative will have more information.
The Libraries have created a comprehensive guide related to OER.
Please consult us before using a custom textbook. Most of the time, we can provide a lower cost option for students on a national edition by renting it at a significantly lower price than the new price of a custom edition. Custom editions are usually not available used and the bookstore rarely buys them back.
It is usually not necessary to offer a loose-leaf as a price-savings options because the bookstore will rent the regular edition at a low enough price.
Planning to stay with an edition from its publication onward can save students money, particularly when new editions emerge and the bookstore can rent and re-rent the previous edition. Sometimes, simply using an old edition can save students hundreds of dollars provided there are enough copies in the market. We source old editions all the time, but it’s important to communicate your interest in an old edition early.
Bundles can be great if you’re using all the material included in the bundle. They often cost the student extra money if you’re not.
Go to www.vitalsource.com or www.redshelf.com and see. If a book is available digitally, then there’s no way we ever run out and students always have an available purchase option.

Course Material Answers for Faculty

As early as you possibly can. Students have a legal right to their textbook information at the time they register for classes.
There are lots of reasons. Two of them are federal laws. One involves the right to know their costs. The other involves accessibility. The rest of the reasons involve saving students and the University money. The bottom line is - the later the adoption, the more money it’s costing somebody.
Our deadlines are recommendations. We are here to help you and the students any way we can and will do so regardless of when you provide us with your course materials information.
Through our online textbook information collection system. If you are teaching a course and you are registered in the CU information system, you should receive an email with a link from us automatically. The process is extremely easy.
Submit them in the notes section. Somebody will contact you.
Because we’re awesome. And it’s a requirement. Look, we don’t make people shop here. Students have choices. Students can come here or go online. However, the University is required to have all the course materials information for every class so the students can make informed choices. That said, we’re independent. We’re owned by CU. The money we make goes back to CU. And we work really hard to earn the business we get and satisfy our customers with great prices and great service.

We Are Here to Help

We understand the difficulty involved in selecting the right course materials and the pressure on faculty to keep costs down. We are here to help. Our industry-leading textbook rental program has helped save students millions of dollars. Please feel free to contact us at any time for help in determining how to select the most cost-effective course materials.

Contact Name Email Phone
Academic Resource Department Manager Jason Katzman Jason.Katzman@colorado.edu 303-492-3844
Copyright Manager Imaging Services custompub@colorado.edu 303-492-2679
Textbook Orders Ryan Windle Ryan.Windle@colorado.edu 303-492-3421
Supply Buyer Joan Saunders Joan.Saunders@Colorado.edu 303-492-0377