[Athen] iPhone app for CourseSmart e-textbooks

Shelley Haven shelley at techpotential.net
Mon Aug 10 14:45:04 PDT 2009

I would have guessed as much.

- Shelley

On Aug 10, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Ron Stewart wrote:

> At this point they are totally inaccessible as well as all the apps

> to read them.


> Ron Stewart


> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org]

> On Behalf Of Shelley Haven

> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:09 PM

> To: Alternate Media; Access Technology Higher Education Network

> Subject: [Athen] iPhone app for CourseSmart e-textbooks


> Hi, all!


> Of possible interest: CourseSmart's subscription e-textbook service

> now has an iPhone app. While this may not be significant

> immediately, it could if Apple releases their much-anticipated

> "media pad" product later this year or in January, as it's expected

> to use the same operating system as the iPhone and iPod Touch. So,

> how accessible are CourseSmart's e-textbooks?


> 2 links below, copy of article follows.


> - Shelley


> _____________________________

> Shelley Haven ATP, RET

> Assistive Technology Consultant

> www.TechPotential.net



> Company:

> http://www.coursesmart.com/go/iphone/index.html

> Article:

> http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/08/10/electronic_textbooks_mobile_check_depositing_come_to_apples_iphone.html


> e-texbooks from CourseSmart


> CourseSmart, a subscription e-textbook service, released its App

> Store software last week. The program, entitled "eTextbooks for the

> iPhone," offers 7,000 different textbooks for college students from

> 12 different publishers. It is free for subscribers, and the company

> states that students save an average of 50 percent on books.


> In an interview The Wall Street Journal Monday, CourseSmart

> Executive Vice President Frank Lyman said the application is more of

> an asset than a textbook replacement.


> "Nobody is going to use their iPhone to do their homework, but this

> does provide real mobile learning," he said. "If you're in a study

> group and you have a question, you can immediately access your text."


> The service, created in 2007, is a collaboration between six higher-

> education publishers. The subscription model allows students to rent

> textbooks, typically for 180 days. When the subscription expires,

> students lose access to their e-texbooks.


> Amazon has attempted to break into the digital textbook realm with

> its larger e-book reader, the Kindle DX. The books available on the

> iPhone are not on the Kindle. Earlier this year, Amazon released its

> iPhone-optimized Kindle store, which allowed users to read books on

> the go. Similarly, the Barnes & Noble eReader also debuted on the

> platform this year.


> As software makers vie for a share of the e-reader market, Sarah

> Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research, told the Journal

> that the CourseSmart offering could be a breakthrough for e-textbooks.


> "Textbooks are the missing link in the e-reader content base," she

> said. "The problem so far is that college students haven't really

> been interested in reading on their laptops. The iPhone will help

> create excitement and generate awareness of e-textbooks."




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