Welcome to the Digital Engagement Initiative (DEI)!

Southwest Tennessee Community College has introduced a convenient and affordable program that delivers the required materials for your course in digital format by the first day of class.  Southwest Tennessee has selected this cost saving material to ensure your success in the course.  This comes at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional physical textbooks and course materials.

Your DEI Course Materials as well as other information about the program will be delivered through your student email or instructor by or on the first day of class.

When you register for the course, the bookstore charge will appear on your school account.  The cost of the material can be paid for by financial aid or out of pocket.  Please note that the cost of the material is not covered by Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect or Dual Enrollment grants.  For information concerning your student account, please contact the Business Office.  

If you decide you do not want to purchase the course materials provided to you as part of the program, you can use the Southwest Tennessee Community College Customer Portal to opt-out of the program.*

The “Opt-Out” or “Opt-In” deadlines for the SPRING 2023 are:

Full term & Flex I:   January 24, 2023
Flex Extended Term:    January 31, 2023
Flex II: March 13, 2023
Winter 2: January 11, 2023
Swift 2:   February 8, 2023
Swift 3: March 8, 2023
Swift 4:    April 5, 2023


The “Opt-Out/Opt-In” portal link(s) can be found below.  Your username is your SouthwestTennessee.edu email address.

Macon Campus:  https://includedcp.follett.com/167
Union Campus:  https://includedcp.follett.com/195 

IMPORTANT! Please note that if you Opt-Out, you will be responsible for obtaining the required course materials on your own and lose the special pricing that is part of this program.

If you have questions, your bookstore is the first point of contact concerning this program.  Your Southwest Tennessee Bookstore staff can be reached at:

0167mgr@follett.com or 901-333-4227

Good Luck this semester from everyone at Southwest Tennessee Community College!


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.

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.

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 to pass.

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. Learn more about the features offered on Redshelf.


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.

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

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.

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


Have a question not listed?
Contact the bookstore at 0167mgr@follett.com for help!

Bookstore Hours

Spring 2023 Bookstore Hours for Macon and Union Campuses

Will begin January 9th, 2023

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


January 16th Closed
January 17th-19th 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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