CourseSmart, a provider of electronic textbooks, has announced a partnership with academic bookseller Blackwell’s.
The partnership will enable students to rent CourseSmart’s eTextbooks from the bookseller’s website and stores, for less than half the cost of purchasing hard copies.
David Prescott, managing director at Blackwell’s bookshop, said: “We have selected to work with CourseSmart in the UK because we believe their technology platform meets the needs of today’s students by being both interactive and inclusive, bringing a valuable addition to the Blackwell’s portfolio of textbooks both in-store and online.”
Coursesmart was founded in 2007 in the US as a joint venture between five publishers: Cengage Learning, Palgrave Macmillan, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Wiley. The company, which launched in the UK last January, allows users to rent eTextbooks, annotate them and store them online.
Other providers on the digital textbook market include Apple, whose ‘iBook textbooks’ will offer videos and other multimedia content.