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Digital textbook company CourseSmart has signed up its first group of universities to participate in its eTextbook program for faculty called Faculty Instant Access. The program gives instructors access to eTextbooks from within the campus’ library system.

The launch group includes nine universities and colleges. This includes: Arizona State University, Auburn University, Case Western Reserve University, LeTourneau University, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Savannah College of Art and Design, Texas A&M University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Val Ramirez, Director, Academic Support Services at Texas A&M University had this statement: “Participation in this eTextbook program will enable Texas A&M – Kingsville faculty to have a broader range of choices for textbooks. This will lead to better textbooks for our students.”

This comes as book retailers are preparing for a more digital back-to-school experience. Barnes & Noble launched its digital textbook program yesterday called NOOKstudy.