Nookstudy Making Transition to e-Textbooks For College Students Easier
E-textbooks have been available to college students since 2003; however, digital books were slow to catch on because they lacked the necessary features students needed, according to Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.
"This fall we are seeing a big shift towards e-textbooks," said Jade Roth, Vice President of Books and Digital Strategy for B&N's division for college books.
She attributes the increase to three factors. First, more academic content is available in digital form. Next, thousands of e-textbooks can come with savings up to 50 percent off the price of new hardbound textbooks. Finally, the software is "starting to catch up to the student needs."
One such piece of software is B&N's new NOOKstudy which boasts features such as instant access to down eTextbooks, tools to organize and categorize and the ability to save time and money.
Students can place all course related materials in one place on their computers. For each course the student is taking, he/she can combine in one location, the eTextbook, course syllabus, classroom notes, slides, images and related books. The NOOKstudy claims no need for a backpack. Furthermore, access is available anytime and anywhere the student is.
Both professors and students can "take notes directly in eTextbooks, tag content, highlight and make annotations that are customizable and searchable, even even integrate Web research," according to their press release.
Currently this program is available in 637 Barnes and Noble College stores. B&N are running a series of give-a-ways throughout the fall semester to promote their new software.
College students wishing to take advantage of e-textbooks can go to www.NOOKstudy.com to download to their PC or Mac.