Faculty Resources

Welcome to our Faculty Resources Page! Here you will find information on how to submit your course material adoptions, how to obtain desk copies, information about coursepacks, policies, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and other information about the Course Materials Industry. We are here to help you so please let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your job easier!   





Textbook X is the web-based service available to you for placing textbook orders. You will log into https://houghton.textbookx.com using your Houghton credentials to enter your adoptions. You can view what was used in past semesters as well as look for new materials.

   Helpful resource links:

Please  note: If you have questions about the process, please contact the adoptions team at adoptions@vitalsource.com or the Director of The Highlanders Shop at helena.oden@houghton.edu.

 Adoption Due Dates: Oct. 15th - Spring, Feb. 1st - Summer, March 15th - Fall

*Adjuncts: Please be sure you have communicated with your department/program before making a selection.


Below are links to some policies supported by the Academic Dean that help us all work together to best serve our students.


Policy for Changes in Course Materials

Guideline for Course Material Availability & Accessibility

 Transactions by College Employees




Most publishers will send instructors a complimentary desk copy of a book they have adopted for a course. Publishers do not allow re-sellers to order desk copies; the instructor needs to contact the publisher to request a desk copy.

If you need contact information for a publisher, please e-mail ryan.licari@vitalsource.com and he can provide you with that information.


A coursepack is material an instructor puts together, either by developing the material themselves, or by obtaining copyright permission to print segments of material. The adoption platform has a 3 step, easy to use process for developing a coursepack. Coursepacks can be helpful in reducing the cost to students.  

Video Resource Here






Adoptions for course materials must be submitted by the due date to ensure that the institution and our online provider can meet the requirements for providing information to the students when they begin registering for classes for the next term so they are aware of the cost of taking a certain course. 

What is this federal law and how does it affect you? 



Ordering Textbooks - help students save time and money by directing them to this link where they can learn how to check out in 5 minutes or less and use their financial aid on marketplace purchases!

Faculty Discounts at The Highlanders Shop