9 Very Good Digital Textbook Providers for Students and Teachers

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March  10, 2016
Below is a collection of some very good sources for digital textbooks. These are websites that provide access to a wide range of free and premium e-Textbooks and educational resources to use in your instruction. eTextbooks are especially useful because of the numerous interactive features and tools they provide including things such as highlighting, annotating, note taking, quick in-built searches, easy access and many more. While most of the eTextbooks can be read on any digital device, few of them, however, require special e-readers. Always make sure the eTextbook is compatible with your device before you download, rent or purchase it.  

 1- CK-12 Felxbook

Flexbook provides a wide variety of free textbooks for teachers to use in their lessons. It even allows teachers to create their own Flexbooks using materials from other textbooks in the site. Textbooks are available in multiple formats including: PDF format, Kindle and Nook and iPad.

2- Chegg

With Chegg, you can rent textbooks for school (or buy them!) and instantly access eTextbooks for when you need required materials. Some of the features provided by Chegg include:
Easily search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN or by scanning a barcode
Buy or rent textbooks and eTextbooks
Read eTextbooks on any device – desktop, tablet, smartphone

3-  iBooks

“iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.”

4- Inkling

“Inkling's interactive eBooks are designed to help you learn, study, and discover just about anything, whether it's for school, work, or play. Our books cover the gamut from anatomy to photography and travel to cooking. Our Lonely Planet Guides offer Foursquare-based location info and live updates. Our Rick Steves’ guides include Rick’s personal vocal narration of key European cities. Our anatomy titles include hundreds of hi-res diagrams that let you strip off the labels and test what you know. Our food and drink books include instructional animations and videos to help you learn news skills in the kitchen. Our For Dummies book selection include learning to play guitar to learning Java or CSS.”

5- Vitalsource

Vital source is another platform that provides students access to a huge library of eTextbooks and digital course materials. Students can browse materials by ISBN, title or author and they can easily rent eTextbooks and start studying in minutes.

6- Flat World Knowledge

Flat World Knowledge provides digital textbooks covering several subject areas. Using the search tool in the site, students can browse through the catalogues to search for textbooks. They can filter out their searches using keywords, authors or titles.

7- Textbooks.com

This is another good website where students can rent, buy or even sell eTextbooks. there are special discounts for students and as is the case with other etexbooks provides, materials in this website is searchable by ISBN, author or keywords.

8- TextBookGo

‘TextBookGo.com is a good source for free etextbooks. It brings you free digital textbooks from all sources and for all courses! It also offers free etextbooks for many subject categories and for all tablet and digital textbook viewing devices.’

9- Boundless

‘Boundless improves education for millions of students and educators through educational resources powered by cloud technology. With content created by a community of educators, who work side-by-side with subject-matter experts, Boundless provides ready-to-use online content, study materials, and assessment items to make teaching more efficient and learning more effective.’