Barnes & Noble College presents First Day access at JSU

Jacksonville State University has partnered with Barnes & Noble College as well as various major publishers (such as Cengage, Hawkes Learning, Jones & Bartlett, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, Norton, Pearson, and Wiley) to offer the First Day Access Textbook Savings Program. The First Day Access Textbook Savings Program allows students to receive their textbooks through Canvas. With just a few clicks of the mouse, students gain instant access to their textbooks and save 20-50% or more off the national retail price!

View the list of participating courses or check with your instructor, your course syllabus, or the JSU Campus Bookstore website at to find out if your course is participating.

There are a number of benefits to participating in the program, including deeply discounted prices on your textbooks, the guaranteed right materials, no access codes, deferred billing, and the ability to access your textbooks on or before the first day of class.

You will be automatically opted-in to receive your textbooks and save money through Canvas.

  1. Access Canvas through, or directly at
  2. Access your course from the Dashboard. Access to courses in Canvas begin approximately six days prior to the start of the course. 
  3. Click BNC First Day Course Materials on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. For courses using Yuzu or VitalSource e-books, your book will be accessible from the Course Materials page. Once selected, you will be redirected to the Yuzu bookshelf and automatically signed into the course textbook. 

My Digital Content Box

You will then see your eText (cover shot) with option to access. Clicking on the cover will launch the Yuzu web reader.

Note: For courseware products such as MyLab, Mastering, Mindtap, Connect, Revel, LaunchPad, Wiley Plus, etc., click the checkbox next to “Opt-In” and click “Confirm.” You will receive a message confirming that you have opted in. You will also receive an automated confirmation e-mail, which will be sent to your GEM e-mail account. In order to complete the opt-in process, you must also access your courseware. To do this, return to the Modules page and follow the links and directions provided by your instructor.

Important: Once you click the checkbox next to “Opt-In” and “Confirm” you will be charged even if you choose to purchase your materials from another source. You may change your mind and opt-out by clicking the checkbox next to “Opt-Out” and clicking “Confirm” prior to the opt-in deadline.

Course Materials

You must opt-in by the end of the drop with 100% refund period for your course. See below for specific dates and consult your course for more details.

Fall 2020 Deadlines:

  • Class Start + 14 days

The price of your textbooks will be posted to your student account upon registration. If you have financial aid in excess of your tuition, fees, and other purchases, your charges should be covered. It is important to monitor your student account on MyJSU to ensure that financial aid covers your charges. You are responsible for all First Day charges posted to your account. If you do not have financial aid, you will need to pay online or visit the Office of Student Accounts/Cashier’s Window located in Bibb Graves Hall.

In courses using courseware such as MyLab, Mastering, Mindtap, Connect, Revel, LaunchPad, Wiley Plus, etc., all students have access during the first week of the course. However, you must take action to retain access. The easiest and cheapest way to retain access is to opt-in following the directions above. If you choose not to opt-in or if you fail to opt-in prior to the deadline, you will be required to purchase access from the Bookstore at a higher price.

Once you opt in, you will be charged. If you change your mind, you may opt out by returning to the Course Materials page in your Canvas course and clicking the checkbox next to “Opt-Out” and clicking “Confirm.” You must make this change prior to the opt-in deadline.

If you drop the course before the posted drop with 100% refund deadline, you will not be charged. If you are dropped or withdrawn from the course after the drop with 100% refund deadline, you will still be charged and be responsible for any First Day charges posted to your student account.

If you’re having trouble accessing your textbooks, there are multiple ways to get help. You may visit, you may call Barnes and Noble’s Customer Careline at 844-9-EBOOKS (1-844-932-6657), email our Bookstore manager at, or you may visit the Campus Bookstore in person!