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eTexts and Inkling

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Professor Gini Shimabukuro presented eTextbooks available for the iPad. CourseSmart allows the user to annotate and highlight, just as you would do with a hard copy. Unfortunately, the annotations tend to cover up the text you are reading. This is an improvement over reading the chapters on a computer, as you have some additional functionality (but not much). A step forward (small, but still a step) is the application Inkling with launched in August with eight titles. Inkling texts have graphics which enlarge with the touch, definitions of many words are available as pop-ups, It is another step towards 'interactive' - and the graphics are great. Definitely an improvement over the traditional text, but nowhere near taking advantage of the potential of the iPad.

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