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If you have further questions about your adoptions, please email Charlie Brown(

After online adoptions close, email Charlie Brown directly.

Textbook Adoption Requests: Why They Are Needed Months in Advance

The adoption schedule was made with the following benefits in mind: For the bookstore, it ensures a realistic time frame for editing, planning, and purchasing used textbooks before new textbooks. It also allows the bookstore to identify special problems and new text editions. For the faculty, it ensures sufficient lead-time to accommodate publishing delays, adjustments for new editions, searches from other sources, and correction of errors.
For the student, it ensures that the bookstore will be able to pay top dollar for used textbooks at book buyback. It also gives the student a larger selection of used books to choose from.

Instructions for Submitting Course Packets

If you use a custom course packet, please contact Denise Hamrick at least four weeks before the semester begins. This ensures that we will have ample time to produce the packets.

How We Determine the Number of Textbooks to Order

We strive to have, at minimum, enough books for everyone who wants one, at Rush. To achieve this goal, we carefully review all the information we have available to us. This includes the sales history of both the book and the course, and pre-enrollment figures. Our thorough examination process is used to determine the number of books that will fulfill the needs of every student who wishes to buy the book. At the same time, we strive to reduce the number of excess books sent back to the publishers. Publishers assert that there is a direct relationship between the high costs of handling excess books (returns) and high priced textbooks. By trying to have at least enough books for everyone who wants one, without tremendous excess, we hope to help publishers curb the steep rise in textbook prices.

Consider the Following When Choosing Your Textbooks

A student's first experience buying books is usually as a college freshman, and the cost of these texts is staggering. By giving your textbook adoption requests careful consideration as to the actual need and use of each text, you can help counter the negative attitude towards book purchases. Unsold textbooks create double transportation charges, monetary loss from non-returnable titles, and wasted overhead spent in the time ordering, receiving, and processing the return of unsold texts.

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