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Textbooks available for iPod and iPhone V.J. | , 1:33 p.m. Aug. 12, 2009 2009-08-12

A provider of subscription e-textbooks for collage students is now making its over 7,000 titles available on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.

The new applications are free for subscribers to CourseSmart LCC and will let students access their full electronic textbooks, read digital notes and search for specific words and phrases.

"Nobody is going to use their iPhone to do their homework, but this does provide real mobile learning," said Frank Lyman, CourseSmart's executive vice president."If you're in a study group and you have a question, you can immediately access your text."

"Textbooks are the missing link in the e-reader content base," said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research, Inc."The problem so far is that college students haven't really been interested in reading on their laptops. The iPhone will help create excitement and generate awareness of e-textbooks."

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