CourseSmart eTextbooks come to the iPhone/iPod Touch

coursesmart_ipodThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that CourseSmart LLC has created an application to bring their textbooks to the iPhone and iPod Touch. More than 7,000 titles will be accessible for students to read a book, view their notes, and search for phrases. One can only access their books when connected to the Internet. This may be an impediment to some, but the continued build out of wireless access on campuses and in student residences will make it less of an issue over time.

This is a welcomed announcement, especially in light of Amazon’s failure to deliver a truly capable eTextbook reader and recent rumors circulating around the mythical Apple tablet. This may just be the shot in the arm for the eTextbook market. Though I have my own issues with CourseSmart’s eTextbook interface, e.g., lack of interactivity with content, if delivered on an Apple tablet this initiative will give students a unique opportunity for mobile learning. The free application is available from the iTune App store.

(Image courtesy of iTunes app store)

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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