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About e-books


WE ARE OFFERING EBOOKS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PHYSICAL TEXT FOR SELECT COURSES.


The e-books we have available are compatable with a proprietary reader and supporting software called the "Vitalsource Bookshelf." Vitalsource is compatable with both PC and Mac, and is very similar to an "iTunes" for e-books - it contains and organizes your library as well as having a reader program with added features such as highlighting and adding notes to your books. These e-books are not compatable with portable readers like the Kindle or Nook, but there is an iPhone (iTouch, iPad) ap that allows books to be read on those devises. Books may also be viewed online on mobile devices using Safari for iOS and Droid's default browser.

If you are using a Concordia student laptop, Vitalsource should already be pre-installed on your computer. Anyone on their own computer (or a CSP-owned computer that doesn't have it) will be provided a free download with your first e-book purchase. From that point forward, any e-books you purchase can simply be added to your existing library with no further software installations needed.

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR VITALSOURCE:

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or Microsoft Windows XP (Service pack 2 or higher).

1.0 gHz processor
Ethernet port, Internet access, and online registration required.
1024x768 screen resolution or larger.
512 MB of RAM


IF YOU'RE WONDERING IF AN EBOOK IS RIGHT FOR YOU, HERE ARE SOME PROS AND CONS TO CONSIDER:
  • e-Books save you money up front. What you pay for an e-book is less than the cost of the text.
  • e-Books CANNOT be sold at buyback. Though the initial cost of an e-book is less, you won't get money back for them like you would a textbook.
  • e-Books are a "green" alternative-by viewing your books electronically, you are saving paper.
  • e-Books offer you the convenience of not having to carry around a heavy textbook and offer features such as highlighting and notetaking.
  • e-Books are NOT returnable once they have been activated.
  • Some e-books have 180 or 360 day expiration dates.
  • e-Books can be printed, but some have print limits.

Download the Vitalsource Bookshelf for PC or Mac

Vitalsource Bookshelf at the Ap Store
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