CourseSmart eTextbook Apps Overview

CourseSmart's free apps provide you with a better reading experience on a variety of the most popular mobile devices. If you're not sure which app is right for you, here are some tips to help you decide.

1. What is an app?

An app is commonly referred to as mobile apps or application software. Mobile apps are software made for mobile devices while the latter refers to any software made for specific purposes or tasks.

Mobile apps, also called mobile applications are usually designed to run on smartphones and tablet computers. They are typically available from the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. Some apps are free, and others have a price. Usually they are downloaded from the platform to a target device such as an iPhone or Android OS–based phone, but sometimes they can be downloaded to computers such as a laptops or desktops.

Application software, also known as an application or an app, is computer software designed to help the user to perform specific tasks. Examples include enterprise software, accounting software, office suites, graphics software and media players.

2. CourseSmart currently has multiple eTextbook reading apps to choose from. Which app is the best for my needs?

The app you use is a matter of personal preference. As user preferences for devices and the technologies that support these devices evolve, so will CourseSmart's offered applications.

CourseSmart's applications are compatible with multiple devices. See our chart which indicates the best application for your device. Because technology changes frequently, we recommend that you periodically visit our Web site to ensure that you have the latest app that best fits your reading needs.

3. Do I have to use an app to gain access to CourseSmart on my mobile device?

Not necessarily. It's a matter of preference as you can also access CourseSmart from your mobile device at

However, a CourseSmart app that is specifically designed to work with your mobile device typically provides the best reading experience for CourseSmart eTextbooks. Check recommended apps for your mobile device on this chart.

4. Should I stop using the other reader app(s) that I have already downloaded to my device(s)?

If you have downloaded the CourseSmart eTextBooks iPad app from the iTunes app store, we recommend that you continue using the app for offline reading and faster page–turning experiences.

If you have downloaded the CourseSmart for Android app, you may prefer the visual design and features in the new reader optimized for mobile devices. The new mobile optimized reader offers additional features such as highlighting, copy/paste text and sharing information with classmates.

For those users accessing CourseSmart digital course materials on the Kindle Fire, we strongly recommend using the mobile Web app as it provides the most robust reading experience for this device.

5. What is the browser based reader? Is it optimal for mobile devices?

Our browser based reader that you access from your bookshelf on when using a mobile device is optimized to support mobile gestures like pinch to zoom, swipe to navigate to previous/next page and press to select. And as usual, features like adding notes, highlights, copy/paste text, search etc., are still available. Check which reading experience is recommended for your mobile device on this chart.

6. Can I read my CourseSmart eTextbook on my Nook?

We believe CourseSmart's browser based reader is compatible with Nook devices that rely on Barns & Noble's customized versions of the Android Operating System. Examples include the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

However, CourseSmart's eTextbook format and browser based reader are not compatible with Nook eReaders like the Nook Simple Touch.

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