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Thursday, August 29, 2013

CourseSmart Launches Subscription Plan

CourseSmart has launched a way for students to choose e-textbooks for one flat fee. CourseSmart Subscription Packs allow students to purchase course materials for a fixed access period instead of the traditional a la carte model.

Students use the subscription plan to buy six bookshelf slots for $200 and choose from the CourseSmart catalog of more than 40,000 e-textbook titles. The access period for the slots is 150 days, during which students have unlimited access, both online and offline, on iOS and Android devices, as well as through mobile web apps.

The subscription also allows students to search e-textbooks by keyword or through the CourseSmart bookshelf. It also lets them highlight and take notes within the e-text, which can be compiled into a study guide that links back to original textbook pages.

“I added all of the books I needed to my bookshelf and it was extremely easy and a huge savings for me,” said Krista Burris, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. 

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