Monday, January 25, 2010

Electronic textbooks FTW!

My new micro theory class uses a different textbook than does the one I just dropped. I was about to head over to Amazon to order the new one when I saw this notice on the course's Blackboard page:

Ebook program

This class participates in a pilot scheme, sponsored by the publisher Wiley, for free electronic download of the textbook. Instructions may be found under "Course Documents".

I installed the OS X version of the reader (VitalSource Bookshelf), downloaded the textbook, and voilà!


That's $131.61 I don't have a pay and 3 pounds I don't have to carry around. Nice!

Now I'm even more interested to see what Apple announces on Wednesday. Electronic textbooks could be a killer app for a tablet.

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