The University System of Ohio introduced a textbook portal last week. This portal, developed by programmers at OhioLINK, searches many sources for textbooks including: OhioLINK catalog, OhioLINK Electronic Book Center, Safari Tech Books Online, and CourseSmart, an electronic textbook provider. Textbooks located on CourseSmart can be leased for about 50% of the print cost. OhioLINK students also receive an additional 10% off the cost.
CourseSmart represents 6 higher education textbook publishers. They use one common platform for hundreds of digital textbooks. Searching, bookmarking, and notetaking are just some of the features available. Students may also print parts of the book.
Locating a book in the portal is easiest with the ISBN. If that is not available, title and author will do. As with any metasearch tool, search capabilities are limited, so the portal should not be considered a replacement for any of the individual resources.
The University System of Ohio includes 14 universities with 24 regional branch campuses, 23 community colleges, and an adult workforce education and training network — operating in more than 200 locations — working in a collaborative, cooperative environment across the state. With a mission to provide affordable, high quality higher education opportunities for all Ohioans, programs and curricula are designed to meet Ohioans’ individual and collective needs for the 21st century. (USO website)