University of Minnesota Bookstore



The U of M Bookstores offer a variety of textbook options to students including eTextbook digital content when available. eTextbooks come in a variety of formats, each with its own unique benefits and terms.

Why eTextbooks?

  • eTextbooks are easy to use, easy to carry and easy to buy
  • eTextbooks have the same content as print books
  • eTextbooks include page numbers for following assignments
  • eTextbooks have search functions to easily locate topics
  • eTextbooks include highlight, note taking and printing tools
  • eTextbooks work on a PC or a Mac
  • eTextbooks are available as online versions
  • eTextbooks offer cost savings over print editions of most textbooks
  • eTextbooks providers offer online technical support

Finding eTextbooks

If an eTextbook is available for your course you will find eTextbook tags shelved with the print edition of the textbook in the course stacks. If you are ordering your textbooks online, the eTextbook option will be listed with your reading list. Simply select that option when ordering your books.

Purchasing eTextbooks

Bring the eTextbook tag to the cashier with the rest of your purchases. Your access code will appear on your cash register receipt. Follow the access instructions to download or view your new eTextbook.

eTextbook Considerations

Before purchasing an eTextbook for your class, please consider the following:

  • eTextbooks are non-returnable, or refundable once accessed
  • Many eTextbooks are subscription based and your access expires after a set number of days.
  • eTextbooks can not be shared with others
  • eTextbooks do not have any resale or buy back value