Amazon today unveiled a textbook rental service for the company's Kindle e-reader. Students can rent e-textbooks for as few as 30 days and extend rental periods in one-day increments.
A key feature is you can keep annotations and highlighting after the rental period ends. The notes are stored in the Amazon cloud and can be automatically synced if you re-rent a textbook. The amount of storable highlighting allowed is determined by the individual publishers, according to an Amazon spokesperson.
Of course, the devil is in the details. John Wiley & Sons isn't saying how much highlighting they allow … Read more
Having tried the iPad, I'm still not convinced it will ever replace the Netbook. However, there is one function that makes the Apple slate a must-have for studies. Reading PDF files and textbooks is so much easier on the device, thanks to the screen orientation and spiffy resizing functions.
The first four titles, in collaboration … Read more
Earlier this summer, eBay acquired a mobile app company called RedLaser, which performed price comparison and product search functions through photos that the user would snap of product bar codes. Now, the first eBay-created product of the RedLaser technology is here: an iPhone app for eBay's reselling site Half.com.
iPhone owners can use the free app, released in Apple's App Store Monday, to take a picture of a bar code on a product and then scan Half.com's inventory to find price points on new and used items there. Then they can actually buy them through … Read more
Publishers aren't wasting any time getting their books onto the new iPad.
Publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kaplan Publishing, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson have signed deals to be among the first to port their textbooks over to Apple's new tablet. Heading to the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch will be their textbooks, study guides, and test prep manuals.
Announced on Wednesday, the agreements were made with ScrollMotion, a company that develops the iPhone e-reader app Iceberg Reader and works with publishers to digitize their books for the mobile market.
The digital textbooks promise a slew … Read more
Dan Rosensweig, a high-profile technology executive, is the new president and chief executive of the online textbook rental company Chegg.
The appointment, announced by Chegg co-founder Osman Rashid on Tuesday, becomes effective immediately. Rosensweig finds himself in a crowded business segment, with Chegg squaring off against its chief rival, BookRenter.com, as well as megasize book retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com and smaller local booksellers.
But helped by penny-pinching concerns born of a bracing recession, students increasingly view textbook rental as an attractive alternative to purchasing their books outright. The service operates on a time clock. … Read more
On the eve of Apple's expected tablet announcement, the top executive at a major book publisher has stolen a bit of Apple's thunder.
During a live taping on CNBC on Tuesday, McGraw-Hill Chairman and CEO Terry McGraw said the tablet will be introduced tomorrow, will have college textbooks on it, and will be based on theOS. Here's what he told CNBC:
Yeah, very exciting. Yes, they'll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while, and the tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating … Read more
College textbooks are way too expensive, way too heavy, and way too tree-consuming. Electronic textbooks, on the other hand, cost less, weigh nothing, and leave forests alone.
You'd think Amazon's Kindle would be the logical place for e-textbooks to make their mobile-device debut, but CourseSmart's new eTextbooks app brings them to the iPhone and iPod Touch instead.
Specifically, eTextbooks is a companion tool for CourseSmart's textbook subscription service, which makes over 7,000 titles available for download or online viewing.
The app itself is free, but it displays only those books you've "subscribed to&… Read more
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