T.A.P. Stories

Read how the Textbook Affordability Project has helped raise awareness among students, faculty, and the community.

Internet2 / EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot

Internet2 / EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot

The University of South Florida joined twenty three other universities in the Internet 2 / EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot which spanned over three semesters, including the fall 2012, spring...

USF Students Create Swap Shop Mobile for Buying and Selling Textbooks

USF Students Create Swap Shop Mobile for Buying and Selling Textbooks

Marcus Ducheine and Travis Tyson are two USF students behind a new textbook buying and selling mobile application called Swap Shop. The purpose of Swap Shop is to facilitate the buying...

First-Year Composition Program Experiments with Etextbook Pilot

First-Year Composition Program Experiments with Etextbook Pilot

During the summer of 2012, the University of South Florida’s First-Year Composition (FYC) Program agreed to participate in the Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot of the fall 2012...

USF Textbook Exchange

USF Textbook Exchange

Toby Thomson and Kenneth Costa were the two USF students behind Text Exchange, a site that launched in August of 2011 for buying and selling used textbooks. They wanted to bring a real...

USF Textbook Reserves Save the Day

USF Textbook Reserves Save the Day

Mayra Morfin (USF ’13) is pursuing a double major in psychology and public health and textbook cost is an issue for her. When she was a freshman, she thought paying full price...

USF Online Textbook Collaborative

USF Online Textbook Collaborative

Professor Joe Moxley, Director of First-Year Composition (FYC), along with the department’s faculty and graduate students, created a collaborative custom online textbook to support...

Library’s Circulation to the Rescue

Library’s Circulation to the Rescue

Nicholas DeBadts (USF ’13) is a psychology major for whom textbook cost is a critical issue. He receives financial aid and qualifies for the Advance Purchase Plan, allowing him...

Connecting Students with Research Literature

Connecting Students with Research Literature

Prof. Emanuel Donchin teaches in the Psychology Department and in the Honors College. His course, “The Mind and the Brain,” is conducted like an independent study. Students choose...

The Textbook of the Future

The Textbook of the Future

Prof. T.  Grandon Gill  (MIS) teaches two courses based entirely on his online textbook, Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Using Visual C#: Express Edition. The textbook,...

Reserve Textbooks in Increasing Demand

Reserve Textbooks in Increasing Demand

Dennis Smith, Manager of Access Services at the USF library, knows that reserve textbooks are in great demand. He and his team manage the Textbook Affordability Project reserves....

e-Textbooks, Course Packs, and Textbook Rental Programs Gain in Popularity

e-Textbooks, Course Packs, and Textbook Rental Programs Gain in Popularity

Prof. Diane Austin teaches Web Design for Libraries, Information Architecture and WWW Design and Management. Because technology changes constantly, it is difficult to find one textbook...

USF Faculty Applauded for Textbook Affordability Initiatives

USF Faculty Applauded for Textbook Affordability Initiatives

School of Engineering professor Dr. Autar Kaw has demonstrated his commitment to textbook affordability in several ways. First, he initiated his own Adopt-A-Text program. He used money...