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eTextbook Programme

Enhancing your students’ learning.

Student reading an etextbook on a tablet in the library.‌What is the eTextbook Programme?

The eTextbook Programme is part of our Reading Lists service. It provides each student on a number of undergraduate course units with individual access to an interactive, electronic textbook.

Unlike standard ebooks, eTextbooks are purchased for each individual student on a specific course module, and are continuously accessible via the VLE.

It’s the electronic equivalent of buying a print copy for each student, and, in most cases, students can keep their eTextbook for the duration of their studies.

How do I get an eTextbook for my students?

For an item on your reading list to be considered for the eTextbook Programme, you should tag it as ‘core’ in Reading Lists Online and submit your list to the Reading Lists team by Wednesday, 1 July 2020 if possible. Because we know planning your teaching is challenging in these circumstances, we will continue to review eTextbook requests made after 1 July 2020 where we can. 

If you want to be considered for the programme, only one item can be tagged as core on your reading list. This should be the item you want to be provided as an eTextbook.

A core text is the main textbook students are required to use extensively throughout the course, as defined by the Library policy for the purchase of reading list books - Covid-19 update.

What are the benefits?

  • Students can download their textbook to multiple devices via the VLE for free, enabling them to access crucial course material from anywhere in the world at no cost.
  • eTextbooks are interactive, encouraging deeper student engagement with texts. For example, students and tutors can add and share notes, highlight key phrases and perform full text searches using navigation tools.
  • Accessibility tools allow users to customise their reading or use the Read Aloud option. 
  • Tutors have access to integrated teaching and learning tools and an in depth analytics dashboard to track usage and encourage engagement.