[Athen] CourseSmart textbooks on the iPad - but...

Shelley Haven ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Sat Apr 10 22:02:07 PDT 2010

I thought this would be of interest -- at any rate, something to keep an eye on. CourseSmart released an iPad app that allows students to not only read their textbooks on an iPad, but also add and edit notes while they read and hunt for information with keyword searches. Great!


Though you need a CourseSmart account and e-textbook subscription to actually use it, the app includes a free demo with samples from five college-level textbooks (you can read text and notes, but can't take new notes).

However, I also noticed an important caveat in the "fine print":

Users with disabilities may experience difficulty with accessing the current version of CourseSmart. We apologize for any inconvenience and request your patience while CourseSmart develops an online application that will provide an accessible eTextbook user experience.
Please contact the publisher directly to request accessible versions of the textbooks featured on CourseSmart.

So I guess they are getting to where we want them to be, but are not quite there yet.
- Shelley
Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

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