Canadian college goers, there might just be one less book tucked under your arm as you head to class this semester. Google has announced that Google Play textbooks are now coming to Canada. Students north of the border will have the option to rent or purchase digital textbooks and read them using Play Books on phones, tablets, and PCs.
As is the case in the US, textbooks aren't filtered out from other books on Google Play, so discovering them isn't as easy as it could be. Search works well though, with students able to find works by title, author, or ISBN. Read More
You like to learn stuff? That fancy book learnin' don't come cheap though, right? Well, the new Chegg app on Android could make it a little more affordable and simple. Chegg is an established web service that offers tons of real and electronic textbooks, as well as guided solutions. But now it's on your phone.
You can search for any book by subject, title, author, or ISBN. The app is mainly aimed at giving you access to eTextbooks on your mobile device, but some more features for physical books are coming soon. Here's what the app includes so far:
- Free 7-day instant access to your Chegg textbooks rented on the web
- Tap into our library of over 2.5 million guided solutions
- Read eTextbooks on any device – desktop, tablet, or smartphone
- 2 FREE guided solutions each week
Chegg for Android will eventually add rental and purchase of physical books, and eTextbook previews. Read More
Google just released textbooks to the Google Play Store yesterday, and oddly enough, there's a synergistic update to the Google Play Books client available now. This version unsurprisingly expands the notation capabilities, as well as adding some education-friendly capabilities like book rentals and contextual copying.
Users can now highlight text and annotate pages that have been scanned in (as opposed to the simple, malleable text and digitally published pages that make up most ebooks). That should allow for better interaction with both textbooks and more general files, assuming that you don't use a more powerful client for the latter. Read More
As promised at Google's recent event, textbooks have arrived in the Play Store. They have been tacked on as a sub-section of Play Books, not a completely new area of the store. At present, there is no way to filter within textbooks only, but search seems to work fairly well for finding books on a particular subject.
Both rentals and purchases are showing up in the store, but most books are only offering one or the other. A handful of titles are listing both 180 day rental and full purchase prices, though. Free samples are also available for all textbooks. Read More
Get excited, students - textbooks are coming to the Play Store next month, so you can get gouged digitally rather than in your university book store. This morning at an event which also featured the new Nexus 7 and Chromkey, Google announced that you'll soon be able to get some of those gigantic hardback tomes in eBook form on the Play Store, and they will presumably be viewable through the existing Play Books app.
Purchases and rentals alike will be supported, and the "Big 5" publishers - or as I like to call them, The One True Axis Of Evil - are all on board: Cengage Learning, McGraw Hill, Macmillan, Pearson, and Wiley. Read More
Amazon has been busy working on software updates for its line of Kindle Fire devices, and the latest versions of the software for each device are now available to download.
For each device, the update provides enhancements for viewing textbooks, with the 2nd generation Fire and the Fire HD 7" getting "X-Ray for Textbooks". This feature allows users to access the most important terms and concepts, with glossary definitions and links to relevant pages within books.
The update also provides enhancements for print replica textbooks across each device. Thumbnails of each page are now available at the bottom of the screen, and you can make notes and highlights in your books, as well as jump from one chapter to another. Read More
Amazon has just launched the Amazon Student app for Android, providing students with an easy way to shop for textbooks, electronics, apparel, and all the other gear they need to survive their college year.
In addition to browsing and buying stuff, the app also features a barcode scanner that gives students a chance to compare prices on anything they intend to buy from a brick and mortar store. The scanner also allows students to scan their old textbooks, games, DVDs, and a million other eligible products to see their current trade-in value. These items can then be shipped to Amazon for Amazon.com Gift Cards.
The iOS version of this app has been out for quite some time now and offers much of the same features as the Android one. Read More