Flash Books, built upon the First Day™ Model, is a process that allows the bookstore and publishers to partner in delivering affordable course materials to students in one seamless process. The publisher, working with the University Bookstore, provides each student with access to their digital courseware and eTextbook within Blackboard Learn. The bookstore facilitates faculty enrollment into the program, preferred pricing, students opt-out option, and all accounting and management of the program. The bookstore has always been our brick & mortar and online provider — now they are expanding their services to Blackboard Learn. More information can be found at www.kent.edu/provost/textbook-affordability.
To meet the needs of our faculty and students, the University Bookstore is providing a new delivery model for digital content. As the publishing industry continues to evolve with digital content, Kent State University looks to our bookstore partner to navigate these changes and provide our faculty options to address these changes. Today, more and more faculty are adopting eTextbooks or publisher interactive digital applications or courseware (examples: Pearson MyLabs, McGraw Connect, Cengage MindTap), and our bookstore is responding to the request for a seamless delivery experience. The bookstore’s "First Day™" model, which we have named Flash Books, is an inclusive access program that provides for delivery of a publisher’s digital content within Blackboard Learn for access to students on the first day of class.