eTextbook Options for Catholic High Schools

Digital Publishing Specialist Jared Dees shares the current eTextbook options for Catholic schools and shares some tips for teachers in using eTextbooks in the classroom.

From Print Textbooks to eTextbooks: Navigating the Transition with Relative Ease

In March 2012, Ave Maria Press offered this webinar for schools exploring eTextbook options for the coming years. In the video you will see tips for teaching with iPads or 1:1 laptops, how to avoid some of the challenges of switching to a 1:1 program, and why the PDF Site License is the best option for Catholic high schools today.

All Ave Maria Press Textbooks Are eTextbooks!

The growth of eTextbook adoption in Catholic schools over the last few years has been amazing. These schools are finding real value in making the switch from printed textbooks to eTextbooks. In order to meet the growing need for digital textbooks, Ave Maria Press provides schools with the following options:

  1. PDF Site License (PC, Mac, iPad)

  2. Apple iBooks (only Apple devices)

  3. Kno (PC, Mac, iPad, Android) 

  4. Textbook Distributors and Bookstores (PC, Mac, iPad)

Click on the links above to learn more about each option.

Which eTextbook option is right for my school?

First, determine the device (or devices) your students will use. Next, examine how students currently get their printed textbooks and how you wish for them to access eTextbooks in the future.

Our students have iPads.

  • PDF: All eTextbooks can be purchased through a PDF Site License and accessed via a PDF reader app like GoodReader.
  • iBooks: Currently there are eight textbooks available in the iBookstore. 
  • Kno: All eTextbooks can be purchased in the Kno store. 
  • Distributors/Bookstores: All of the eTextbook distributors partnering with Ave Maria Press offer various means to access eTextbooks on the iPad. Check with your distributor for details.

Our students have laptops or tablet PCs.

  • PDF: If schools select the PDF Site License program, students can open their PDFs in Adobe Reader or Microsoft OneNote.
  • iBooks: The eTextbooks in the iBookstore are available on any Apple device.
  • Kno: The eTextbooks may be accessed through Internet browsers or the iOS and Android apps. 
  • Distributors/Bookstores: All of the eTextbook distributors partnering with Ave Maria Press offer access to eTextbooks on laptops or tablet PCs. Check with your distributor for details.

Our school purchases books on behalf of the students.

  • PDF: Schools can make a contract directly with Ave Maria Press to distribute eTextbooks to the students.
  • iBooks: Schools may participate in the Apple Volume Purchase Program.
  • Kno: Schools can buy multiple copies of Kno textbooks by filling out a school request form from the textbook product pages. 
  • Distributors/Bookstores: Check with your textbook distributor for details. (See the list companies offering Ave Maria Press eTextbooks.)

Our students and parents are responsible for purchasing textbooks on their own.

  • PDF: This option is available only to schools that purchase eTextbooks on behalf of their students.
  • iBooks: Students can purchase the eTextbooks in the iBookstore for any Apple device.
  • Kno: Students can purchase the eTextbooks at Kno.com. 
  • Distributors/Bookstores: Students may purchase eTextbooks through online bookstores. Check with your textbook distributor for details. (See the list companies offering Ave Maria Press eTextbooks.)

Our students and parents purchase textbooks through an online bookstore.

  • PDF: This option is available only to schools that make a contract directly with Ave Maria Press.
  • iBooks: Students can purchase the eTextbooks only in the iBookstore for Apple devices.
  • Kno: Check with your textbook distributor for more details. 
  • Distributors/Bookstores: Check with your textbook distributor for details. (See the list companies offering Ave Maria Press eTextbooks.)