CourseSmart is making it easier for you to find and use their e-textbooks on your iPad. They’re now offering an updated version of their free “eTextbooks” app. Not only does the app make it easy to find and purchase digital textbooks, it also has a virtual bookshelf where users can see the books they own and easily access them. It also has a sticky note feature, so students can take notes as they read.
Perhaps most importantly, the eTextbooks app has new navigation within the texts. Students can use thumbnails of pages to quickly find what they need, avoiding the pain of scrolling though pages. CourseSmart says it gives students access to over 90 percent of all textbooks in use today, with download times of no more than five minutes to both computers and hand-held devices. Storing and using digital textbooks on a iPad or similar devices overcomes the inconvenience of having the book stored on a more unwieldy computer.
CourseSmart is also testing a service that will integrate e-textbooks with a course management program. The pilot program, called “Faculty Instant Access Program” is on 10 university campuses.
Download the eTextbook app here or visit the CourseSmart website.
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