Chegg, a website specializing in the sale and rental of textbooks, has announced a new way to study. Their new eTextbook Reader is a web-based e-reader allowing users to access their textbooks from any HTML5-compatible web browser. Chegg’s eTextbook Reader lets studends to a lot more than just read, though. It includes highlighting, search, definition, and note taking options, as well as the chance to consult with a network of students and experts with questions.
Because it is browser-based, Chegg’s eTextbook Reader is completely platform agnostic: it will work on an iPad, Mac, PC, or Android tablet. Chegg also allows users the option of using the eTextbook version of a book while they wait for their physical copy to arrive. Purchasing a hard copy grants customers seven days of access to the eTextbook version.
The timing of this announcement is interesting, to say the least. As we have reported previously, Apple is holding an event tomorrow in New York where they plan to make an education related announcement that will probably relate to ebooks and the textbook industry in some way.
Chegg has included a video on their website showing their eTextbook Reader in action. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.