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Textbooks are very much a prerequisite for any kind of learning, high school, college, university or other. They are a very important resource for studying and research, they are often very bulky and heavy and awkward to carry around.


Fortunately, there are solutions to overcome the problems associated with traditional textbooks, namely digital textbooks. Books in a digital format generally take the form of an eBook (electronic book) or an audiobook. When referring to these types of digital books in a textbook format, they are often called audio textbooks or eTextbooks.

Audio Textbooks

The very great advantage of audio books (audiobooks) is that it allows one to listen to a title rather than read it. For busy students or anyone undertaking any kind of research, this format offers an effective way to save time, particularly whilst commuting. Audio textbooks are available in many popular audio formats which lend themselves to a large variety of devices. Just plug-in a set of ear buds, and increase one’s productivity by listening your way through a book.

Finding textbooks in the audio textbook format can be challenging, however there are reputable merchants who do carry titles in this format.’s educational area offers tons of options. There are areas for students, K-12 educators, parents & families, professionals, college textbooks on audio and higher education faculty. You can browse through hundreds of textbook audio books titles in every subject.



VangoNotes, a division of Pearson Education (a leading textbook publisher), and Audible Education have partnered to offer study guides in various subjects. These are audio college textbooks study guides which can aid students with overall concepts, practice tests, key terms, and quick review.

Books are available for immediate download. Students can choose to download audio textbooks online for $19.95 or choose individual chapters for $2.99. VangoNotes even offers streaming samples for listeners prior to purchase.

The books are tied to specific textbooks, so users will need to search for their book on the site. These supplementary materials will not take the place of the hardcover textbook. They are meant to offer an extra emphasis on the key concepts in each chapter as well as test preparation materials. Browsing the subjects, I noticed that the textbooks are all pictured, making it easier to find the right vangonotes.

Looking for a shortcut through the dry “Audio Textbook” material? SparkNotes are available through Audible as well. Read the summaries of each chapter with explanations of key themes and analysis of content. While it will never be able to convey the magic of To Kill a Mockingbird, SparkNotes can help students sort through the themes, symbols, and characters. This is a very handy test prep tool.


eTextbooks Swift Navigation
eBooks offer many flexible and desirable features, they may be read on a huge variety of various devices using the free Kindle Reading App for computers, tablets and smart phones as well as the popular Kindle eBook reader. A very popular people eBook format for textbooks is called an eTextbook and may be downloaded from amazon under the category of Amazon eTextbooks. The format has some very helpful and distinct features which help studying.

X-Ray allows the reader to use definitions, further related content from other resources like YouTube and Wikipedia, all with a single tap!

Highlights allows the reader to highlight a word or sentence using a choice of a few different colors which may then be categorized and saved in the notebook and referenced anytime. One may also convert the highlight into a flash card which may then be stored with amazon and then referenced again in your eTextbook at any time.

Navigate through your chapters and pages with easily by simply accessing the navigation grid by tapping the bottom or top of your devices screen. Pages may be scanned very quickly by just swiping the pages with one’s finger.

The eTextbooks Store allows one to buy or rent discounted titles and carry the entire library of your choice in your digital device without any concern about storage or weight issues traditionally associated with traditional textbooks. Shopping for titles can be done in complete comfort anytime 14/7 from a huge choice of subject material.

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