Big names partner to provide better e-Textbook service

By Meris Stansbury
July 17th, 2015

StraighterLine chooses the VitalSource Bookshelf® platform to provide anywhere, anytime e-Textbooks for online students.

e-textbook-collegeStraighterLine, a provider of low-cost online general education courses, has announced its digital textbook partnership with Vital Source, which offers the e-Textbook delivery platform for education, the VitalSource Bookshelf.

StraighterLine’s mobile-friendly e-textbook program launched earlier this year, and has provided students with anywhere, anytime access to content. By using VitalSource Bookshelf, StraighterLine is providing e-textbooks from McGraw Hill to students taking online courses in science, math, business, humanities, English Composition and health and social sciences.

“Student debt is crippling, and the high price of college closes doors for students,” said Burck Smith, StraighterLine’s founder and CEO. “StraighterLine is committed to lowering the cost of college and reducing risk for adult students. The Bookshelf App makes it easy for StraighterLine students to get content where, when, and how they want it.”

By aiming to provide convenient and mobile-friendly access to required learning materials, StraighterLine believes students will benefit from the time-saving tools built into the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, including:

Etextbook Online

  • Highlighter and note management
  • Cite/link feature – citation information for both MLA/APA
  • Can manage activated devices
  • Printing

Bookshelf App

  • Ability to download books to iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone, Android etc
  • Syncing across devices – all highlighters/notes transferred
  • Book reader – text to speech
  • Highlighter and note management
  • Change Page Layout
  • Copy and paste content – can copy content (and images) into word docs
  • Printing
  • Take reading on the go

e-Textbooks are available for purchase with a StraighterLine course. The textbooks can be used online or they can be downloaded onto the students’ preferred devices including smartphones, tablets and web enabled e-readers such as Kindle Fire.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Managing Editor of eCampus News, and was formerly the Associate Editor of eSchool News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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