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The deadlines for placing textbook adoptions are:
  • October 14, 2011 Spring 12 Adoptions Due
  •  Feb 17, 2012 Summer 12 Adoptions Due
  • April 5, 2012 Fall 12 Adoptions Due

Please contact Michelle at 352-4794 or textbook@regent.edu if you need assistance in placing your textbook adoption or if any of the following occur:

  • Due date cannot be met
  • Enrollment changes
  • Course cancellations
  • Textbook information changes

Late textbook information should be forwarded as soon as it becomes available. Some textbooks may take 6 weeks or more if the books are: printed overseas, or on-demand. Late textbook requests may also encounter out of stock conditions at the publishing company, further delaying receipt.

How to save your students money!

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How to save your students money!

An easy way for students to save 25% on textbooks is to have a plentiful supply of used books available. Receiving textbook requests on time allows the Bookstore to offer students used books obtained through our buyback program or through the textbook wholesaler. Late requests often do not allow us to pursue the option of used books.

Always keep in mind that the bookstore orders ONLY what you have requested. We will not order a less expensive version of the book unless given permission to do so. Package deals which include "free" study guides often result in no used copies of the book available to be sold in the future and the student being prevented from selling the item back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. Items that require a single user license agreement are often designed to reduce the availability of used stock.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are course material requests due to the bookstore?
Q: Why do my course material requests have to be submitted so "early"?
Q: Why does the bookstore have to return course materials?
Q: When does the bookstore return course materials to the publisher?
Q: Why does the bookstore not order 100% of my class enrollment?
Q: Why do students not buy "Required" materials?
Q: Why will the bookstore not order my desk copies?
Q: What is the University's policy on copyright?

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Q: When are course material requests due to the bookstore?

The bookstore sets adoption requests 2 weeks after the University requires courses to be set with registrar's office.

  • October 15, 2010 Spring 11 Adoptions Due
  • Feb 18, 2011 Summer 11 Adoptions Due
  • April 8, 2011 Fall 11 Adoptions Due

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Q: Why do my course material requests have to be submitted so "early"?

The bookstore asks for textbook requests/adoptions for 3 reasons. First, the bookstore staff verifies that all the information on each request is correct. Any differences (such as old editions, out of print text, etc.) are discussed with the instructor or department liaison. Next, the bookstore attempts to locate as many used books as possible. The sooner a request is submitted, the better chance the bookstore will have at locating used copies from wholesalers around the country. Lastly, a submitted request can increase the amount paid at buyback to students; value is determined by need.

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Q: Why does the bookstore have to return course materials?

Most publishers and distributors require that unsold materials be returned within specific time frames. So although a text may be used every semester in order to keep return privileges current the bookstore must return books to the publisher.

Due to space restrictions the bookstore can not house 2 semesters worth of books at the same time. We strive to give students plenty of time to obtain the current semester text while also preparing as early as possible for next semester.

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Q: When does the bookstore return course materials to the publisher?

The bookstore begins returning books approximately six weeks into the University's official semester start date. With the exception of modular (late starting) classes and Undergrad sessions, these text are not returned for at least 5 days from the start of classes. For example during the summer semester modular classes starting Monday, July 1st, textbooks are not returned to the publisher until Monday, July 7th.

The industry has found that the majority of students who intend to buy the necessary materials will have done so by this time. There are always exceptions to the rule, and the bookstore will make every effort to accommodate for these exceptions.

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Q: Why does the bookstore not order 100% of my class enrollment?

The bookstore basss order quantities on two criteria:

  • First, students shop a variety of bookstores. Along with physical bookstores some students will purchase their materials via the internet. Although Regent Bookstore is the official bookstore for Regent University not every student knows this.
  • Second, course history has told the bookstore and publishing industries that not every student will purchase required materials. Some students share materials, some students do not buy any of the materials based on the importance placed on the course materials by the professor.

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Q: Why do students not buy "Required" materials?

This question is posed every semester by faculty, instructors, staff and publishers. Cost of materials have been one of the main concerns for many years. The easiest answer is the students do not see value in the chosen materials. If the "required" materials are not used in a way that students perceive them as valuable, then not purchasing the materials is the easiest target for saving money. A general rule of thumb for most students is to look at the syllabus and see how often the textbook is used in assignments, 40% or more and the students feel the text is needed in order to pass the class.

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Q: Why will the bookstore not order my desk copies?

Desk copies are the responsibility of the instructor or department to obtain. Most publishers will not provide desk copies to a bookstore, fearing that a free book would be sold for profit. Also a few publishers may charge a nominal fee for supplying a desk copy. Any fees are the responsibility of the instructor or department. The bookstore staff can provide phone or fax numbers for respective publishers, distributors, or their representatives. Some foreign publishers and distributors no longer provide free desk copies you will need to contact the publisher directly to obtain this information. Please e-mail textbook@regent.edu for any publisher information needed.

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Q: What is the University's policy on copyright?

The University copyright policy can be found here.

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Faculty Feedback

Do you have any questions or comments regarding the bookstores website or any other programs. Please e-mail or call:

Bookstore Manager - Jeannie Davis - 352-4064 - bkmanager@regent.edu

Textbook Manager - Michelle Sloan - 352-4794 - textbook@regent.edu

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