What You Should Know About Bundle Textbooks

What you should know about bundle textbooks

Many textbook publishers are giving professors the option to modify a textbook by adding chapters, experiments, and labs. These Bundle textbooks are given a unique ISBN which has been changed from the stand alone textbook,.... these bundle packages can be a challenge to the buyer, we support and supply these instructor recommended packages. 

Can I give my access code to a friend to use?


Answer Important: Access codes are not interchangeable between classes. Access codes can only be used once. Verify that the access code prefix (on the outside of the access code card or envelope) is valid for the textbook edition used in your class.

Do I really need an access code?

Answer The use of your textbook's access code is usually up to your professor. In some cases, a professor may only recommend that you use the textbook code found in your student access kit to obtain additional reference and/or study material on your course. In other cases, a professor may require you to use your textbook access code because a portion of your grade will come be coming from the online material.

How long will I be able to view the online content provided by my access code?

Answer While textbook access code subscriptions may vary, a student access code should grant you access to online content for the duration of your course, generally lasting between 6-12 months.

If I buy a used book and it doesn't come with an access code, can I purchase my access code separately?

Answer Of course! Because many professors do not require the use of access codes in their class, a slew of savvy students are out there selling their unused textbook access codes on the Internet. Caution access codes can not be reused, check if it appears re-wrapped.

What in the world is an access code?

Answer Access codes (also referred to as textbook access codes, student access codes or a student access kit) is a series of letters and numbers that allows you access to your courses online content and/or additional study material. Access codes (which can only be used once) have been included with new textbooks as a way for publisher's to "add value" for those who purchase their textbooks new rather than used. Popular websites also use student access kits for exclusive access to some of their online content.  


Types of Access Codes There are five types of access codes.
  • Online access code purchased through WebAssign
If you purchase access online, it is automatically applied to your account. No additional action is required.
  • Access code printed in textbook or pamphlet (This type is normally in bundle)
Follow the instructions given with the code.
  • Shrink wrapped 5×7 access code card (Stand alone sold separately)
Confirm that the prefix is correct on the front cover before removing the shrink wrap. The prefix plus access code is on the inside of the card.
  • Security envelope access code card
Tear off the left, right, and top stubs and the perforations and unfold the envelope. Inside you will see the access code in a box that has a prefix followed by a 16-digit alphanumeric code.
  • Small access code card ( normally sold separately)
Scratch off the silver coating in the middle of the card to reveal a unique access code. The code has 2 or 3 letters followed by 10 or 11 numbers.

Obtaining Access Codes

Different classes and textbooks require different access codes, so it is always best to wait to purchase your access codes until classes start and you have verified the required codes for your courses. WebAssign gives you a 14-day grace period to view and complete your homework without an access code. After 14 days, you will need a valid access code or you will be locked out of that course in WebAssign. Most codes are valid for one term. If a code is valid for a longer period of time, the duration is stated on the access code card.    
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