Textbooks on the iPhone?
August 12, 2009 at 2:54 PM
Coursesmart, a company which publishes electronic versions of textbooks, has recently announced that their content will be made available for the iPhone. Coursesmart has been selling textbooks (largely undergraduate materials) since 2007. This may be an interesting development in the seemingly inevitable transition to electronic casebooks in law school classrooms. An increasing number of secondary source titles are available for Amazon's Kindle. It remains to be seen, however, how effective this market will be given the much smaller size of the iPhone's screen. A number of librarians have suggested that Amazon's Kindle DX, with a screen much larger than either the original Kindle or the iPhone, may eventually become a medium through which students read their casebooks. The offerings available on Coursesmart include some legal titles although the major publishers of casebooks, most notably Aspen, Lexis, and Thomson-West, are not included.
Coursesmart brings 7,000 textbooks to iPhone and iPod Touch -- Macrumors.com
Print vs. electronic textbooks -- Out of the Jungle
Textbooks offers for iPhone and iPod Touch -- Wall Street Journal
(Crossposted on Law Library Technology)