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

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Sun Apr 11 06:12:20 PDT 2010

Will have to check it out, unfortunately the conversations with CourseSmart
started over three years ago and still no progress and last time I checked
no real progress either.

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Shelley Haven
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:02 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] CourseSmart textbooks on the iPad - but...

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

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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