4. If you want a digital copy of your book, and you don’t need it to be in Kurzweil format, you can buy a digital copy directly from the publisher or through a website like CourseSmart.
A group of six publishers uses CourseSmart, and McGraw-Hill uses Primus Online, which is part of ebrary.
Pros and Cons of purchasing a digital book vs. a hard copy from the bookstore
Pros – 1. the digital versions are exact replicas of the hard covers including page
2. the digital versions cost about half the price of the hard covers
3. you can still highlight and make notes in the margins
4. you don’t have to carry around a heavy textbook
5. with CourseSmart, you can choose to download a book or view it online
Cons – 1. you cannot return the book at the end of the semester for cash
2. you only have access to the book for 180 days because you are really buying
only a subscription to the book.
A. CourseSmart http://www.coursesmart.com/
“The most comprehensive selection of digital course materials available anywhere – easy, reliable and affordable.”
It includes content from these publishers:
· Cengage Learning (Formerly Thompson Education)
· McGraw Hill Education
· Houghton Mifflin
· Jones and Bartlett Publishers
You just enter the title, author, ISBN, or keyword into the search field with no login. If you find the textbook, there is a “Buy online version” button that then takes to the purchase order page. You need to make the choice of what online version you want, and then continue on to entering the shipping and billing addresses.
“Buy Online Version
An online eTextbook subscription provides you with access to your eTextbooks anywhere you are connected to the Internet.
Online eTextbooks are available for the length of your subscription from any computer connected to the Internet with a reasonably up to date browser. You can access your book from any number of computers in any location. Online eTextbooks do not require you to download any special software. Online eTextbooks have the same content as print textbooks (including print pages numbers) and allow you to search full text, print pages, copy and paste, take notes, and highlight.
Buy Downloadable Version
The downloadable version of the eTextbook provides you with access to the eTextbook on a single computer, regardless of whether or not you are connected to the Internet.
With a downloadable eTextbook, your eTextbook is available locally on your computer for the length of your subscription whether or not you are online. Use on multiple machines is not permissible. Downloadable eTextbooks have the same content as print textbooks (including print pages numbers) and allow you to search full text, print pages, copy and paste, take notes, and highlight.
You have already purchased an online subscription to this eTextbook. It’s available for you to read from here or from My CourseSmart.”
B. McGraw Hill eBooks at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/mhebooks/ is a little more difficult to use than CourseSmart, because the books are viewed using the
ebrary reader software, which needs to be downloaded but it’s free, and you need to create an account, also free, before you can search for your title.
Remember from ebrary above, the reader does not yet have the text-to-speech feature, but one is soon coming. However, you can copy and paste the text into Microsoft Word and then have Kurzweil read it.
Once you create an account, they also let you demo a chapter of a book so you can actually check out how it works. It’s a good thing to experiment with the demo so you can make a decision before you actually purchase the book. If your school’s library already subscribes to ebrary for its source of ebooks, the format will be the same and one less thing you need to think about.