[Athen] iPhone app for CourseSmart e-textbooks
shelley at techpotential.net
Mon Aug 10 14:45:04 PDT 2009
I would have guessed as much.
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
> 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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