Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), effective July 1, 2010, contains requirements in which publishers can provide transparency of information to prospective adopters at institutions of higher education (including 2-year/4-year and career institutions) and the availability of products sold in packages of bundled components.
Brookes Publishing Co. is working to ensure complete and timely information in compliance with HEOA. The Marketing, Acquisitions, Sales, and Production teams are involved in reviewing and developing processes and practices. Here are details regarding our efforts:
HEOA requires that post-secondary school students have the following information available regarding their adopted textbooks:
- List prices
- Substantial changes to the content of a new edition
- Alternate formats
- Previous copyright years (to serve as an indicator of when the next edition might be published)
Brookes Publishing Co. is has made available items 1-3 on the product detail pages of the Brookes Publishing Co. website www.brookespublishing.com. For item 4, please contact our College/University Textbook Sales Manager, Paul Kelly using the following information:
Phone (International): 1-800-638-3775 option 4, ext. 5
Phone (United States): 1-410-337-9580 ext. 115
The HEOA requires that students are aware that components are available for sale separately for most textbook packages. However, the law does not state that resellers (including university book stores) have to carry package components separately. It also does not in any way impact adopters’ ability to choose packages, or our ability to market packages as the preferred product configuration where appropriate to meet our customer needs.
The law treats the certain categories of packaged products as a single, integrated product (referred to in the statute as “integrated textbooks”) — and therefore renders them exempt from the component availability requirement. These include:
Packages containing components from other vendors: These products contain a component that Brookes Publishing Co. has obtained from a third party under terms of a contract that prohibits the sale of that component separately. This contract restriction limits the availability of the third-party’s component to individuals who are also purchasing the textbook, thereby limiting cannibalization of sales in the third party’s core market.
Content Interdependency: These are products in which the content of the textbook and other components (including but not limited to access to online materials and stand alone CDs) is so interrelated that the textbook cannot be used effectively if separated.
If you have a question about the availability of individual bundle components from Brookes Publishing Co., please contact our College/University Textbook Sales Manager, Paul Kelly.