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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
Step 1: To access your eTextbooks, download and install the VitalSource Bookshelf app onto your device.
For first time users, create a VitalSource Bookshelf account using your SUSS email address.
Step 2: Log into your Canvas account using your student user ID (exclude @suss.edu.sg) and password. On your dashboard, select your course.
Step 3: Select iBookstore from the left menu.
Step 4: Your course textbook is listed under Adopted eTextbook. Click on ‘Launch eTextbook’ to access it through the Bookshelf online.
Kindly note that you should only do this step once per course to redeem your eTextbook from VitalSource. Please download your eTextbook so that you can access it offline.
Step 5: To download your eTextbook, log in to your device’s Bookshelf app, and click on the cover image to download it onto your device. You can now read the eTextbook anytime, anywhere without internet connection.
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 you are enrolled in is using eTextbook.
No. If your course is using the eTextbook, no physical textbook will be issued.
No, you cannot choose the format. If your course is using the eTextbook, physical textbook will not be issued.
The adopted eTextbook for the course(s) which you are enrolled can be kept for 8 years (from the date you first accessed the eTextbook) in your VitalSource Bookshelf account. Other eTextbooks for courses which you are not enrolled in, can be kept for 1 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 some of the adopted eTextbooks from other courses. These eTextbooks are made available subject to distribution rights availability and may not include all eTextbooks.
“Other eTextbooks” are accessible via the “iBookstore” tab in Canvas. Students can download any title from this collection onto your VitalSource Bookshelf and keep it for 1 year in your VitalSource account.
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.
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