Quick link to a WSJ article which informs us that an American e-tectbook company is now offering an iphone app which allows students to access their (rented) textbooks on their phones:
The new applications, free for subscribers to CourseSmart LLC, will let students access their full electronic textbooks, read their digital notes and search for specific words and phrases.
“Nobody is going to use their iPhone to do their homework, but this does provide real mobile learning,” said Frank Lyman, CourseSmart’s executive vice president. “If you’re in a study group and you have a question, you can immediately access your text.”
Of course, it’s not really about reading the text on the phone, but about raising awareness:
“Textbooks are the missing link in the e-reader content base,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research, Inc. “The problem so far is that college students haven’t really been interested in reading on their laptops. The iPhone will help create excitement and generate awareness of e-textbooks.”