Online eTextbooks

  • When you purchase an Online subscription, your personal copy of the eTextbook (including any notes and highlights that you add) is stored for you on the CourseSmart server. You can read it at any time from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Your user name and password give you instant access to all of your Online eTextbook subscriptions. You read the book on your computer screen.
Mobilize Your TextbooksCoursesmart, a leader in the e-textbook game, just released an iPhone app, which we reviewedrecently. Their catalog so far includes 7,000 ebooks, and their software works for both Macs and PCs. The desktop apps also allow students to take notes while reading, and both desktop and mobile apps have built-in search function.

You get three-way access to your books: download, online, and mobile. Notes and highlights automatically stay in sync no matter where you make them.


CafeScribe FeaturesNotes in MyScribe are done as overlays, so that they stay in context. Notes can also be shared, including in groups, which according to Isabella Hinds means that students can "have a dialog about the book while they're reading."
Groups may be created not only inside the classroom environment, but as part of the purchase of an eBook. The buyer can see who else purchased that same eTextbook, and choose to create or join a group around the book. Follett has observed that many students are creating study groups around books.
Groups are also very useful for instructors, who can create a group for their class. Hinds told us that this enables instructors to "enrich the core book with content or comments that they find valuable." They can also better engage with students and ascertain whether students are really learning the material. Teachers can encourage students to ask questions, via the notes feature.

Students & Teachers: Are You Using eTextbooks?A study in May by OnCampus Research showed that 74% of students still prefer to use a printed textbook when taking a class. The Seattle Times also reported in May that eTextbooks are "flunking." So clearly, eTextbooks have a long way to go. On the other side of the coin, eTextbooks are expected to 1 in 5 textbooks by 2014.

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