Student FAQ

Flash Books is an inclusive access initiative which is a program designed to bring electronic content to students at a significantly lower cost than the traditional paper copies of the book. Content is made available to the student as soon as the course is made available to them via Blackboard.

Will I be charged twice for these course materials?

If you already have an active Cengage Unlimited subscription you should opt-out of the FlashBooks fee.

What should I do if I already have Cengage Unlimited and are enrolled in a FlashBooks course?

If you already have an active Cengage Unlimited subscription you should opt-out of the FlashBooks fee. The access to your course materials will still be activated through Blackboard and access via Cengage Unlimited will be automatically granted when you sign into the course.

How is FlashBooks different from Cengage Unlimited?

FlashBooks is a course-by-course access to one learning product at a reduced rate. Cengage Unlimited gives students access to 22,000 learning products across disciplines for one affordable price.

What is the Flash Books Model?

The Flash Books pilot is a collaboration between Kent State University, the University Bookstores and publishers to deliver affordable course materials.  The required course materials are accessed by students through Blackboard Learn without access codes.  The University Bookstore facilitates faculty enrollment and negotiate preferred pricing. The costs for the course materials are reflected on the student account.

What are the benefits of the model?

Here are a few of the key benefits:

  • ​​​​Single Sign-On – Students will have a single sign-on through Blackboard Learn on the first day of class with no additional access code required
  • Convenience – No need to shop around for the lowest price or navigate finding the right product
  • Course Material Charge – Payment is made as a material charge with the course and allows for traditional funding (student financial aid) to cover costs or delayed costs
  • Preferred Pricing – Below market value pricing that reduces the cost on required material
  • Value Print Option – Supplement to online content is made available in the University Bookstore based on publisher availability
  • Consistency – Consistent first day of class delivery of digital content for students within a course
  • Compliance – OE guidelines of below market pricing, delivery by the first day of class, and providing the students with an option to Opt-Out is all provided by Barnes & Noble College
Does the Flash Books delivery method provide me with real savings over the marketplace?

Yes, the University Bookstore negotiates discounted pricing that meets the guidelines of the Department of Education.  These guidelines require a below market cost for the required course materials in the Flash Books pilot.

How long will I have access to my Flash Books interactive content?

Digital Interactive Courseware for example MyLabs, Connect, MindTap are only available for the length of time Blackboard Learn is open to the student for a specific course.

How long will I have access to eTextbook content in the Flash Books model?

For an eTextbook, the DRM (Digital Rights Management) provided by the publisher will spell out the options available for the eTextbook.   The length of time may vary from 120 days to complete ownership through a download. For eTextbooks that allow ownership beyond the course, students may access their eTextbook content by logging into their bookshelf at mydigitalcontent.com after the course(s) has ended. For offline access to the eTextbook, students can also download the Yuzu® iOS or Android™ apps from their respective app stores onto a maximum of two devices.

When will I be able to access the content for a course in the Flash Books model?

Flash Books delivers the course material in Blackboard Learn and no matter the method of payment or availability of funds at the start of classes, all students have access at the same time. Students prefer the delivery model for the convenience of access within Blackboard Learn and the elimination of access codes.

If I need to have access to my content materials in Blackboard Learn prior to classes starting, can I do that with this program?

Yes, provided the content delivery was set up with the Blackboard Learn administrator or faculty member by working with the publisher and the bookstore, then content is available when the course is open for students.

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