Digital textbooks finally a viable, cheap textbook solution

Students excited by their new ipads
Students excited by their new ipads

Digital textbooks, or eTextbooks, have long been on the horizon of higher education, offering the promise of timely but cheap textbooks that could be carried on a single device. The debut of the iPad in April brought renewed interest in eTextbooks but the first efforts of publishers fell short in offering a usable alternative to the hard-copy textbook. While digital textbook adoption is still expected to be low until 2014, a new version of the CourseSmart iPad app provides one of the first viable eTextbook options.