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FAQs on eTextbook

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An eTextbook is the electronic version of a physical textbook, which can be downloaded and accessed from different devices (desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone) and across various operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows and Mac).

As a downloadable resource, it enables students to learn anytime, anywhere, even when there is no network connectivity.

It also eliminates the hassle of carrying bulky physical textbooks as multiple eTextbooks can be downloaded onto one device.

In addition, the eTextbook offers opportunities for collaborative learning as it has interactive features that allow students to create highlights, take notes and share them with peers online.

With the eTextbook, you can

  • highlight important concepts, take notes and share them with your peers online
  • mark out sections of text to seek clarification with your instructor
  • find the information you need by doing a keyword search within an eTextbook or across all the titles in your bookshelf
  • search for meaning of the words or look up Wikipedia
  • create bookmarks, reading assignments and virtual flashcards for quick revision

Yes. You can find these guides on http://learningservices.suss.edu.sg/etextbook.html under ‘Features of the eTextbook’ or download the BookShelf Tutorial on VitalSource from http://downloads.vitalbook.com/tutorials/publish/index.html.

Yes, you will need to use the VitalSource Bookshelf to view the eTextbook.

To download the VitalSource Bookshelf for your device, click here to VitalSource Support.

You can use desktop, laptop, tablet, and iOS or Android smartphones to access the eTextbook.

You may use up to a maximum of 4 devices for the same account.

You may refer to your Content Checklist for information on whether the course(s) you are enrolled in is/are using eTextbook(s).

No. If your course is using the eTextbook, no physical textbook will be issued.

No. If your course is using the eTextbook, no physical textbook will not be issued. However, you can choose to purchase a print copy of the eTextbook.

You can purchase a print copy of the eTextbook via the iBookStore. The textbook will be delivered to your desired location.

To access the iBookstore, visit https://ibookstore.suss.edu.sg/ or log into your Canvas dashboard, proceed to the L Group of your course (e.g. ACC333_JUL17_L01) and select "iBookStore" from the left menu.

The recommended eTextbook for the course(s) which you are enrolled can be downloaded and kept for 8 years. Other eTextbooks for courses which you are not enrolled in, can be downloaded and kept for a year.

The license arrangement for eTextbook is set by the publishers for 8 years, which is sufficient for the maximum candidature for part-time students. Perpetual access is generally not supported by publishers because of the quick turnaround time for electronic editions, and the inherent difficulty of perpetual support.

“Other eTextbooks” are the adopted eTextbooks for all courses offered in each semester. Students can download any of these titles from VitalSource Bridge, which is accessible from the iBookStore, and keep them for a period of one year.

SUSS has always been committed to finding new ways to make learning more flexible and convenient for our students and instructors. The eTextbook is one such initiative.

In its electronic format, the eTextbook is more accessible and portable than a physical textbook. It also offers opportunities for collaborative learning as it has interactive features that allow students to create highlights, take notes and share them with peers online, or to seek clarification with instructors and help them to adapt their teaching to guide students’ learning.

In addition, e-Textbooks are environmentally friendly. Hence, more courses at SUSS are adopting the use of eTextbooks, whenever available.

Reading for prolonged periods without looking away is the primary cause of eye strain, whether that be on paper or on screen. To avoid digital eye strain, you should follow the 20/20/20 rule. When reading, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This should help relieve symptoms of eye strains as well as prevent them.