Just received this press release from Ingram about textbooks. I can’t help but wonder if this will be the future of textbooks – wrapped in a course fee so that all students have access to the course materials. Coventry is providing these materials at no cost to students for their first year. No word on what the upper level course fees will be.
Coventry University and Ingram collaborate on innovative textbook program for students
RINGWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM – To ensure undergraduates get the best value for their money, first year students at Coventry University will have core textbooks and materials provided as part of their course fees in 2012 and 2013 through an innovative program developed between Coventry University and Ingram Content Group’s UK library supply company.
“The higher education system is undergoing unprecedented change, and this collaboration with Ingram demonstrates how we’re adapting to the developments so that the focus remains on what’s best for our students,” said Philip Vaughan, Assistant Director of Learning and Research at Coventry University. “Coventry prides itself on being an innovative university, and initiatives like this are exactly the kind of innovations which places of learning should be embracing as the education landscape evolves and students’ expectations change.”
Coventry’s textbook program was developed in response to changes in the UK higher education system for 2012, which has seen undergraduates’ tuition fees rise. Working with Ingram, the University is providing core textbooks for the first year of students’ courses at no cost through the new program. Ingram is the supplier of print books.
The University continues to distribute textbooks to approximately 3,400 new undergraduates on campus, with Ingram and Coventry University staff working jointly on distribution.
The initial pilot phase of the project will be reviewed by the University and Ingram in early December, before the two organizations embark on a dedicated program for supplying textbooks to new students in both print and digital formats.
“As institutions and their libraries create new business models in response to education reform, we’re pleased that our full range of content solutions, including our rich textbook offering, will provide students with the resources they need to succeed in school,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President & General Manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “We look forward to our work with Coventry and putting the results of the pilot to good use, creating a program that benefits all.”
Ingram continues to grow the number of libraries and institutions it works with in the region, supplying the main universities including Warwick University and Birmingham City University, along with the majority of colleges such as Henley College and Birmingham Metropolitan College.
ABOUT COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Coventry University is a modern, forward-looking university whose roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry College of Design. With a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on multidisciplinary applied research, today the University has established an academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world.
Through its links with leading-edge businesses and organizations in a variety of industries, Coventry University’s 24,000+ students enjoy access to placement opportunities which ensure that their employability prospects are enhanced by the time they graduate. The city centre campus itself is continually developing and evolving, and a recent £100 million-plus investment in a new student centre and Engineering and Computing building is playing a key role in modernising the entire learning experience. For more information visit www.coventry.ac.uk
Ingram Content Group is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music, and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services.
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