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Direct Digital

The DCTC Bookstore, in collaboration with instructors and textbook publishers, has created the Direct Digital access program in order to reduce the cost of textbooks. When a class uses Direct Digital, the required materials for the class will be available to students digitally through a link on the course's D2L Brightspace site. Access to the materials begins the first day of classes each term. Look for the RedShelf link or a direct link to the publisher provided by your instructor, under course materials. Direct Digital access usually provides students with more than just an eBook. Direct Digital can also contain online access to tutorials, assignments, and activities required for the class.

Direct Digital materials cost less than the normal price of the books or access codes, but they are not free. You will see a charge for Direct Digital access on your student bill in eServices.

If you decide direct digital access is not for you, you must opt out before the Friday of the second week of the term. The fee will be removed from your account within two weeks of the opt out date, and your access to the materials will be disabled. You'll still be responsible for having any class materials your instructor requires, and you will have to order print copies or access codes elsewhere since alternatives are not available through the campus bookstore. The Bookstore does not order or supply print copies of direct digital materials.
You must use the link in D2L to opt out by the Friday of the second week of the semester/session. Direct Digital access is non-refundable after this date.

If you do choose to opt out of your materials, please check with your professor. Opting out may mean losing access to homework assignments. 
Please allow at least two weeks from the opt-out date for the fee to be removed from your account.

If you prefer to have a printed book to go along with the digital materials, an optional printed "upgrade" may be available from inside the D2L digital content after the opt-out date. Some publishers provide this option, while others do not. You would be purchasing directly from the publisher using your own funds. Financial aid will not cover these purchases. This option will ONLY be available if you have not opted out.

DCTC College's Direct Digital program saves students over $100,000 a semester, a number that will continue to grow!

For the latest Direct Digital information and customer service, visit Ask Us!

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