eTextbooks for College Students Now Available on App Store

- Students can use iPhone or iPod touch to access their assigned textbooks anytime, anywhere -

Aug 11, 2009, 08:30 ET from CourseSmart LLC

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- CourseSmart LLC, the nation's largest digital course materials supplier, today announced the release of its free eTextbooks application on the App Store. The eTextbooks App gives student and instructor subscribers access to their CourseSmart eTextbooks any time, anywhere. With a catalog representing most of the titles in use on campus today, students can purchase their required textbooks as CourseSmart eTextbooks at an average of half the price of print textbooks. With the addition of the eTextbooks App students will be able to use their iPhone or iPod touch as a mobile learning device to quickly reference their eTextbooks in the classroom and even search their notes.

"We've seen significant demand from student customers for the ability to get required textbook content in electronic form on an iPhone or iPod touch," said Frank Lyman, executive vice president of CourseSmart. "It's important to students to be able to access textbook content in color with the same page layout as a printed textbook and now the eTextbooks App allows them to do that."

Key Features of the eTextbooks App:

  • Provides any time, anywhere access to the eTextbooks students have purchased online at
  • Enables students to easily browse, search, and read thousands of textbooks from their iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Preserves the carefully laid out pages giving students quick and easy access to not only the full text but essential content such as diagrams, illustrations and charts.
  • Allows students to "stack" all of their textbooks in the "My eTextbooks" personal, online library.
  • Students can search for a topic within a single book or across their entire eTextbook stack, view text notes, access the table of contents, zoom in on text, graphs, and scroll through or jump to individual pages.

As the back-to-school season approaches, college students who own an iPhone or iPod touch can use the eTextbooks App to view their assigned college textbooks.

"We see incredible potential for iPhone and iPod touch applications in education," said Frank Lyman, executive vice president of CourseSmart. "While many offer supplemental learning, our new app provides access to the core textbook and we believe that is a lot more valuable to students."

Students who purchase eTextbooks from CourseSmart are also able to view them on any computer with Internet access and have access to many of the same features included in the eTextbooks App. In addition, students can print out any pages they need or copy and paste important passages into study guides.

To create its extensive, and growing, digital library of more than 7,000 textbooks that are faculty recommended and publisher approved, CourseSmart has partnered closely with all of the nation's major publishers, including Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, John Wiley & Sons and the Bedford, Freeman, Worth Publishing Group.

The CourseSmart eTextbook App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch at Additionally, iPhone or iPod touch owners who are not already customers of CourseSmart will be able to have trial access to a chapter from five of the most frequently purchased college textbooks on the market.

For a demo video and more information please visit the eTextbooks for the iPhone site at

About CourseSmart

CourseSmart provides eTextbooks that improve the educational process by offering students and instructors a unique combination of the right course material, anywhere, anytime access and a low cost. As the nation's largest digital course materials supplier, CourseSmart has a rapidly growing digital library of more than 7,000 core college textbooks, which are faculty recommended and publisher approved. The company's eTextbooks can be purchased for an average of 50% less than print texts and offer users the ability to print what they need as well as search and copy and paste features which help to streamline students' studies. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site:

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