[Athen] Alternate Formats and Varying Editions of Textbooks

Mary Popish popish at pdx.edu
Thu Jan 16 16:50:05 PST 2020

Hello, everyone!

I have a question about how different campuses manage alternate format
delivery for textbooks when the required edition is different from a
digital version that your office may already have from a previous year or
other student. For example, if your office has a digital version of the
sixth edition of a textbook and a student has purchased the seventh edition
but needs some remediation to make the book accessible digitally, what do
you do? Do you request the seventh edition from the publisher (or
Bookshare, or AccessText, or whatever your process is)? Do you check with
the student and the instructor and deliver the sixth edition if it would
still work for the class? What about copyright, since the student bought a
different edition of the book?

We've been talking about this a lot in our office, and we haven't landed on
a great solution yet. I'd love to hear how other offices handle this
sort of thing.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!


*Mary Popish*
Adaptive Technology Specialist & Alternate Formats Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Portland State University

Phone: (503) 725-9119
Fax: (503) 725-4103
Email: drc at pdx.edu
URL: http://www.pdx.edu/drc
Pronouns: she / her / hers
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