As early as possible before each semester, you or your DSS office must provide MAT the names of the textbooks that are required. You also need to purchase the book, something required by the agreement you will sign. This is because publishers will not provide MAT or DSS offices books for anyone without proof of purchase.
MAT needs a significant amount of information that identifies the books you need. This includes the title, author, copyright, edition number, and the International Standard Book Number, commonly abbreviated as the ISBN number; there are 10 digit and 13 digits ISBN numbers and we prefer the latter. The greater the amount of this information we receive from you and the more accurate it is, the faster we can locate and get you your books.
Locating/Providing Electronic Books
MAT will search a number of different sources and make every effort to locate an electronic copy of the books you need. If an existing electronic copy cannot be located, and as a last resort, MAT will scan the material and provide you a digital file. The files you receive using these methods may not be the type of electronic file you prefer and the file may be less than perfect quality, but it should arrive much quicker than has generally been the case. This will reduce the chance you will fall behind your peers because you don't have the materials they have.
Accessing Electronic Textbook Files
MAT staff can provide technical assistance to help you access the files we provide. At MAT, we are aware of the latest and greatest devices to access electronic books and of file types that work best. We cannot provide most of the devices that exist, but we certainly can help you learn of them so you can decide which if any would meet your unique disability and other requirements. In addition, we can often suggest sources to demonstrate the devices as well as possible sources to support their purchase. Access to books is also often possible for little or no cost. We look forward to helping you acquire the electronic book files you need to excel in your pursuit of higher education.