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UTSA students save nearly $310K on course materials this fall


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(Oct. 6, 2010)--Thanks to a new textbook rental program launched by Follett Higher Education Group, the UTSA Bookstore saved students $309,688 on course materials this fall. The textbook rental program, called Rent-A-Text, saves students who shop in-store or online 50 percent or more off the cover price of the nation's most popular textbooks.

"With our new rental option, we helped a record number of students save on the cost of course materials and have rented more than 9,207 textbooks," said John Palmer, director of the UTSA Bookstore. "The UTSA Bookstore is pleased to be able to offer competitive pricing, cost-saving options and convenience."

Nationwide, Rent-A-Text is projected to save students more than $130 million during the 2010 academic year. In addition to promised savings, Rent-A-Text offers many benefits including:

  • Same-day service -- Students can rent and return textbooks in-store or online, ensuring they have the right textbooks the day classes start.
  • Real-life usage -- Students can highlight and take notes within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework.
  • Greatest number of payment options -- Students can choose from a variety of ways to pay for their textbook rental including financial aid and the UTSACard.
  • Extra spending -- Up-front savings on the cost of textbooks can be applied to other school supplies students need to succeed.

Students also saved by using CafeScribe, Follett's e-textbook and social networking platform available online and in participating Follett bookstores. The CafeScribe platform provides students the ability to read, search, highlight, bookmark and annotate digital textbooks, as well as share notes and discuss topics with peers in their classrooms and with students around the world.

Launched three years ago, CafeScribe supports more than 10,000 of the most popular textbooks; other digital titles can be added at the request of faculty. More than 100,000 students currently use the platform.

"At a time when other companies are scaling back, Follett is investing heavily in forward-looking initiatives that are designed to drive down the cost of course materials," said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. "Through initiatives like Rent-A-Text and CafeScribe, Follett is pioneering a bookstore of choices that provides students with the greatest number of online and in-store options for affordable textbooks."

For more information, visit the UTSA Bookstore website, the Rent-A-Text website and the CafeScribe website. Follow the UTSA Bookstore on Twitter (@rentatext) and Facebook (




Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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