Chegg Launches eTextbook Reader, Schools Paper-Based Books

The e-reader game may have its leaders, but the war is far from over. Chegg has just come out of the woodwork in order to launch their new eTextbook Reader, providing students with a cloud-based service to access their eTextbooks on any connected device. Optimized for computers and iPads, Chegg's eTextbook Reader utilizes HTML5 to deliver a highly interactive user experience, offering access to the most relevant textbooks on any connected device. Led by recently acquired engineering team, 3D3R, the eTextbook Reader was created with the student in mind to offer easy navigation, enhanced highlighting, note taking, search and an advanced set of features including:
  • Instant Definitions: Select any word or short phrase and instantly see the dictionary and Wikipedia definition.
  • Always-on Q&A: Search any text and select "Ask A Question" to instantly connect to Chegg's Homework Help service. Chegg's community of subject matter experts answer questions, often in fewer than two hours.
  • Key Highlights: Turn on a view of the most important content from each eTextbook, crowd-sourced from other users' eTextbook activities. As Chegg continues to increase its offering and services for today's students, it now provides students digital services and textbooks in any format from the leading higher education publishers.
Wonder how this will end up stacking up against Apple's textbook announcement later today? Something tells us paper-based textbooks are finally nearing their end.