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Issue 489, 24 March 2003
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Going digital – (l-r) bookshop manager Chris Leonard with Tony Jenkins and bookshop computing specialist Alistair Gledhill

The textbook is written but can’t be printed in time for the start of the course. Faced with this problem, Tony Jenkins in the school of computing, with help from the Union bookshop, decided to try putting the text of his new book How to Program Using C++ onto CD so students had access to the information. Students can buy the CD from Leeds University union bookshop and when the book becomes available will be entitled to the ‘hard copy’ at no additional cost.

Praising the idea, Tony Jenkins said: “This arrangement has meant that the students have been able to get the book as soon as the final proofs are complete, without having to wait for the printed version. The electronic version also has many advantages over paper; it can be searched electronically, and the computer programs in it can be extracted and run. All in all, this has been a good solution and is certainly something that I will try to do again. Many thanks to the union bookshop for helping to sort it out.”

Professor John Oakland from Leeds University business school has also put the latest edition of Total Quality Management on CD, with assistance from the bookshop. Bookshop manager Chris Leonard said: “We are always happy to help academics work with their publishers to put texts on CD when needed. The problem is that the copyright must include the right to digitise.”


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