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Textbooks and eTextbooks: Popular Textbook Apps

Popular TextbookApps

There are many textbook apps that allow for the download and purchase of core reading material.  According to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, some of the best student textbook apps are found below. Using these apps will allow you to purchase or rent  your textbooks online.  Some apps offer additional resources such as study guides. 



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Vital Source Bookshelf


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With Bookshelf, you can enjoy a digital-first, comprehensive study experience from the convenience of your iPad or iPhone. Access all of your VitalSource textbooks and study anytime, anywhere.

Bookshelf Features:

• Download books to your iOS device for 100% offline reading.

• Customize highlighters and add notes for a rich study experience.

• Create flashcards with text and images to learn concepts faster.

• Personalize font, font size, and background colors to make reading easier.

• Listen to your books and learn on the go with Read Aloud.

• Sync your current reading position and all your work across devices so you can easily pick up where you left off.

• Built with accessibility in mind.



• VitalSource Bookshelf account

• Access to one or more VitalSource textbooks.

• iOS 13+



Pearson eText


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The Pearson eText | Global app is for students using a Pearson eText as part of their studies. With the Pearson eText | Global app, you can study anytime and anywhere -- even when you don’t have an internet connection. Wherever you are in your day, it is easy to add your own notes, highlights, and bookmarks.

Log in with the same username and password you created via the web-based version of your Pearson eText-enabled product to get started using this app.



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.5 millions students have saved over $626 million by using free textbooks by OpenStax. Written and peer-reviewed by experts, OpenStax textbooks cover the standard scope and sequence of most introductory college courses. Our books are free and yours forever—no access codes or expiration dates.

OpenStax + SE delivers all our content for free, plus free study guides and tutorial videos for the first several chapters of each book from our partners at Study Edge. Want extra study help? Subscribe to OpenStax + SE for $14.95 per month for unlimited access to Study Edge videos and study guides alongside your free book. All videos in OpenStax + SE are created by professional tutors and graduate students, all of whom have years of experience tutoring in their respective subjects and can teach difficult concepts in ways that college students can easily grasp.

We offer over 30 titles: Algebra and Trigonometry, American Government, Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Organizational Behavior, Biology, Business Ethics, Business Statistics, Calculus, Chemistry: Atoms First, Chemistry, College Algebra, College Physics, Concepts of Biology (non-majors biology), Principles of Economics, elementary Algebra, Financial Accounting, Intermediate Algebra, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Sociology, Introductory Statistics, Macroeconomics, Management, Managerial Accounting, Microbiology, Microeconomics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Psychology, University Physics, U.S. History, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, and AP College Physics.

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