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Flash Books Program

The Flash Books program is an innovative course materials initiative. Access is provided as soon as an instructor makes the course available to students for required course materials through the course in Blackboard. Cost to the student is drastically reduced for this Interactive digital course materials/textbooks. In short, we have enhanced our textbook model to instantaneous access to the course materials while also drastically improving affordability.  


The goal of this program is to improve educational success through day-one access while reducing the cost of course materials by up to 80% for students.  



How it works:

  • Email will go out to students prior to the first day of classes informing the student that they are enrolled in a course that is a part of the Flash Books program.  Information in the email includes the course information, the cost of the course content, the opt-out date and the type of content the course will contain.  Not all courses and not all sections of a course are a part of the program.  To see the complete list of courses in the program visit the course listing page

  • Student will access the required course material through the course in Blackboard.  Instructors will inform students the steps the students should take to access the content in their course.

  • By default the students are opted into the content.  If the student decides then do not want their required course material delivered in this program at the low cost, they have the option to OPT-OUT.  Visit the course listing page if you no longer have the information from the email to find the Opt-Out Date.  You will be responsible for obtaining the course material/textbook for the course. 

Why it works:

  • Access to the material is guaranteed by the first day of classes and may be earlier.  It is available as soon as the instructor has made the course available to students in Blackboard and has done any necessary paring of the course to the content.

  • No waiting for a pay check to buy access codes, or for delivery of a book purchased on line or out of stock at the bookstore.

  • Kent State University, the University Bookstore, faculty  and publishers have agreed on the lowest price to provide the required course content electronically through the course in Blackboard.



Additional Information can be found in the FAQ , and resource sections of this website.