Digital Engagement Initiative

Southwest is participating in a convenient and affordable program that delivers the required materials for your course in digital format on the first day of class. The courses participating can be found below. To ensure the lowest cost for students, the courses participating include a course materials fee automatically applied to your student account. This comes at a significantly reduced cost compared to traditional physical textbooks and course materials. If you decide you do not want to purchase the course materials, you can opt out of the program during the first two weeks of each term. If you opt out, you will be responsible for obtaining the required course materials on your own.

To opt out select the box below for the campus your class is located. If you need assistance please contact the Macon Bookstore at 901-333-4227 or email

To Opt Out:

**The deadline to opt out with no charge for online textbooks is by the 14th day of each full term. After the 14th day of the term, you will be unable to opt out and will be charged.**

To opt out at the Macon Cove Campus,  Whitehaven Center and Southwest Online please visit this link:

To opt out at the Union Avenue Campus and the Maxine A. Smith and Gill Centers please visit this link:

Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: The cost of these materials can be paid for by Financial Aid or out of pocket. The cost of materials are NOT covered by TN Promise or TN Reconnect. For more information concerning your student account, please contact the Cashier's Office.

Question Answer
How do I receive my course materials?

All of the required course materials are delivered online. We recommend students attend class to get instructions from their professor on accessing the materials. Once classes begin, the bookstore can assist in any questions about the digital materials.

Is this just an e-book?

For many of the courses it is not just an e-book. A lot of the courses participating in the program include Courseware, such as Pearson myLabs, to complete homework and testing. These are reduced below the cost even straight from the publisher, therefore we recommend students not opt out. Courseware is typically required for courses utilizing it for successful completion of the class.

I do not like digital text. Can I not just get a normal textbook?

We recommend the student try the e-book before deciding this completely. The e-books are delivered via RedShelf and have many features you cannot find in a traditional textbook. These features include a search function, highlighting, note taking that saves across devices, and even the ability to create citations automatically. For more information on Redshelf and the features they offer, please watch .

However, if you decide you would still like a print textbook many of the courses have a Print Upgrade option. This allows you to get a print textbook copy in addition to the course materials fee, still saving you over the traditional textbook. The price range on these upgrades is $20-$53 and can be found on the site where you access your e-book.

I do not have access to the internet all of the time. How can I use my digital textbook?

The Redshelf app has the ability to save your textbook in an “offline mode” so you can read it without an internet connection.

What if I have an open book test?

The Redshelf E-Text is great for open book tests! If the instructor is involved in a DEI course then they will make accommodations for the e-text to be used if they allow open book testing.

Do I have to have a tablet for my e-book?

A Tablet is not required. Any device with a browser can access your e-book.

Have a question not listed? Contact the bookstore at for help!