Electronic books (or e-books) are accessed as downloadable files or through the Web. CourseSmart is a publisher initiative to create the availability of textbooks. Students have the option to purchase access to the textbook or to rent it for 180, 360, or 540 day terms. E-books are advantageous because they can be accessed from any computer. Students do not need a special reading device to access their library. Additionally, students do not have to worry about losing or damaging the book. However, student reception of the e-textbook model is only moderate. Reasons for the aversion to e-books include: students feel uncomfortable reading on a monitor for substantial periods of time, they dislike having to access the e-book from a computer, and students dislike the inability to mark-up or highlight text. Moreover, unless the course is held in a computer lab, students are unable to access their books during class, a significant disadvantage if students or faculty want to reference the book during a lecture or class discussion.
How it Works
The students enrolled in the classes that are assigned to receive E-books are going to directly obtain the Access Code from their professor or instructors of the course. Once the student has the access code, he/she needs to login by entering their access code area along with one's student I.D. This process will allow them to download their E-Book. Below is an example of the login format that the student will use to access their E-Books.