Sunday, January 8, 2012

Electronic Textbooks

Just got done hanging the above shelf and helping my wife get all of her textbooks on her computer and iPad for this semester. It was cheaper than getting the paper versions used, and we are able to download all the books so she can access them offline. The iPad / Mac (also available for Windows! bahahaaaa) app is called VitalSource Bookshelf, and I'm very impressed with how well it works. If you're looking to get your books on your iPad or lappy, that (or Inkling, just on iPad, as it has really impressed me with its presentation format of books if not the volume of available books - though that IS growing) is my highest recommendation.

My Biochem book for this semester is the same as last semester. I got it as a rental through CourseSmart, which I don't recommend. The download process was a serious hassle, and they don't allow you to purchase the book. Plus, their prices are way higher than most other people's. However, they had the book, and I didn't know about VitalSource at the beginning of last semester...

So there you have it - both my wife and I will be going paperless with our books this semester. One book for me, six normally fat Nursing textbooks for her, all weightless and tiny inside our technology. Easier on the back and wallet = a nice big Win - Win situation for both of us!

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