Bookstore Lexicon

Campus Bookstore Mission Statement:

The Campus Bookstore is owned and operated by the Queen’s University Engineering Society Services Incorporated. We endeavour to distribute required course material at the lowest possible price to students while operating a comprehensive university bookstore for the Queen’s University community. The Bookstore will fulfill its mission by utilizing the input it receives from the market it serves and by applying the highest quality of management and service at every level of operation.

"Required" Textbook:

This is a book which is adopted for use in a course. The use of the book should be critical to the success of the students in the course, and the portion of the book used should be between 50% - 100%. Students should be encouraged by the instructor to use the required textbook in order to achieve success in the course.

Recommended/Optional Textbook:

This is a book which is adopted for use in a course. The contents of the book should be complementary to the course content, even though the use of the book is not critical to the success of students in the course. Students should be notified by the instructor of the usefulness of the recommended book as a reference tool.

www.campusbookstore.com:

This is the Bookstore’s Web address. You can use this site to view your course adoptions, to adopt a book on-line, to print desk-copy request forms, to read about custom CourseWare and to browse through publishers’ catalogues. You can also search our 45,000 title database.

Expected Enrollment Figure:

This is an estimate of the number of students who will participate in the course. It can be derived from two sources: last year’s enrollment figure and the maximum capacity number for the course.

Companion Materials:

Companion materials vary in their perceived value. A number of instructors design or arrange packaged companion materials that are intended as an integral part of the required course materials. In other cases companion materials may be pre-packaged with the textbook with or without the instructor's or bookstore's knowledge.
In both cases students will have difficulty utilizing used book markets and will generally avoid purchasing materials without a strong endorsement from the instructor. Please indicate if companion materials are required, recommended or not necessary.

New Editions:

Textbooks change editions approximately every three years. If there are minor differences, students will often access used book markets. The bookstore can not purchase previous editions from publishers; therefore, students will arrive at class with a mixture of editions. Please indicate if the new edition of the textbook is required.

Used Book List Deadline:

This is the date that the Bookstore begins to formulate its ‘used book list’. The sourcing of used books is critical to our mission to provide students with required course material at the lowest possible price. Our list is compiled from repeat adoptions; in other words, it is made up of text books which have been used in the past and will be used again in the next year/term. We are competing with other university bookstores to access a very limited used book market, so any information regarding repeat adoptions is greatly appreciated. The deadline for our ‘used book list’ is mid-March.

Textbook Deadline:

This is the date by which your textbook adoptions should be submitted to the Bookstore. For Fall and Fall-Winter term courses, the deadline is June 1st. For Winter term courses, the deadline is October 1st.

The Publisher Lexicon

NYP - “Not Yet Published”:

A report code which is given when the desired book/edition is not yet available.

NOP - “Not Our Publication”:

A report code which is given when the desired book/edition is not available from the chosen publisher.

NCR - “No Canadian Rights”:

A report code is given when the chosen publisher does not have rights to sell the desired book/edition in Canada.

OS - “Out of Stock”:

A report code which is given when the desired book/edition is temporarily unavailable.

OSI - “Out of Stock Indefinitely”:

A report code which is given when the desired book/edition is unavailable and unlikely to be available in the future.

OP - “Out of Print”:

A report code which is given when the desired book/edition is unavailable and will not be available in the future.

NEIP - “New Edition In Preparation”:

A report code which is given when a new edition of the desired book is being printed. In this situation, the current edition may or may not be available.

Reverse Discounting:

This is a policy in practice by some publishers whereby the more units a customer (ie. the Bookstore) purchases, the higher the unit cost. (Yes, we find it difficult to believe too!)

Return Penalty:

This is a restocking fee imposed by some publishers on their customers, based on the percentage of purchases that are returned. The Campus Bookstore returns approximately 20% of its textbook purchases to publishers.

Still have questions?

Ask the Textbooks Manager.