It can be a daunting task to select the best textbooks for a course. Most faculty make their choices based on the depth and breadth of information covered. However, it is also important to consider how accessible the material will be for students. Some texts include layout and design features which enhance students' abilities to focus as they read and provide a better chance of understanding and remembering the material.

In many disciplines, especially at the undergraduate level, textbook publishers are looking for designs that capture students' interest and make them want to read the text. Design elements such as chunking information into smaller parts, pull-out boxes, and graphics present the information and concepts in a variety of engaging ways.