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Android Etextbook App Available From Ingramís Vital Source
As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the Android operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSource, the etextbook platform from Ingram, expanded its mobile footprint with the addition of an etextbook app for Android.
“We are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,” said Kent Freeman, chief operating officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.”
VitalSource Bookshelf is the only etextbook platform available in online and offline environments with dedicated download apps for a full range of devices including tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktops. The platform supports Mac and Windows operating systems and Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and now Android smartphones and tablets.
The new VitalSource Bookshelf app for Android is a true reader app, not a web-only tool. Unlike web-only based applications, the VitalSource app can be used both online and offline, giving busy students and professors anytime, anywhere access to content that syncs highlights and notes regardless of which app is used—online, mobile, or desktop.
VitalSource, with more than 2 million users, has a presence on more than 6,000 campuses in more than 180 countries. Educators and students have access to tens of thousands of titles in multiple formats from the world’s leading textbook publishers, including Elsevier B.V.; Pearson, PLC; Cengage Learning; Macmillan; John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; The McGraw-Hill Cos.; Wolters Kluwer; Oxford University Press; and the Taylor & Francis Group.
The VitalSource Bookshelf Android app is available for free from Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market.
Source: Ingram Content Group, Inc.
Paula J. Hane
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