UC Davis, CSUS Bookstores Selling More Digital Textbooks

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Traditional textbooks, new and used, continue to dominate sales at college bookstores, but industry representatives say book rentals and digital books are making inroads as students grapple with the rising costs of a higher education.

As a percentage of the market, digital book sales and rentals remain in the single digits, said Elio DiStaola, director of campus relations for Follett Higher Education Group, which operates the Hornet Bookstore at California State University, Sacramento.

But DiStaola looks for that to increase as digital books offer more interactive features.

Follett announced that, beginning this month, students at CSUS will have the option of purchasing digital textbooks through CafeScribe, a new online platform that allows students to read, highlight and make notes in the electronic text, and share those notes with fellow students.

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