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eTextbooks

eText is the shorthand term for electronic textbook (sometimes also described as an eBook or an eTextbook). It is the digital version of a textbook, which can include other educational resources such as workbooks, problem sets, tutorials, videos, simulations, and interactive software. eTexts give you instant access to content wherever you are, whenever you want it; they have a powerful search feature and allow highlighting of text and note taking which can be synced between computers/devices.

eTexts are easy to access through the learning management system, environmentally friendly, promote collaborative learning, and offer several features that can enhance and enrich the learning environment. Some of these advantages include:

  • instant access to content
  • ability to incorporate multimedia learning resources
  • powerful search functions
  • digital options for more universal access
  • students can highlight and annotate text

If your course uses an eText, this section will be of interest to you.

An eText is a digital version of a textbook. eTexts give you instant access to content wherever you are, whenever you want it; they have a powerful search feature and allow highlighting of text and note taking that can be synced between computers/devices.

It is strongly recommended that you download your eText.

Access to your eText is provided through VitalSource Technologies. They provide a number of options for you to read your eText both online and offline:

Bookshelf® Online allows you to read your eText in a browser while connected to the internet.

Bookshelf® Downloadable (for PC or Mac) allows you to read your eText offline.

Bookshelf® Mobile iOS (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) and Bookshelf® Mobile Android (for Android devices and Kindle Fire) allow you to read your eText offline.

See eText Technical Requirements for more information about supported devices and versions.

Updated January 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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