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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 (iPad only)

  3. Direct Digital (PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, 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 the six core courses of the USCCB Curriculum Framework are available as iBooks.
  • Direct Digital: All eTextbooks can be purchased through Direct Digital and accessed via the Direct Digital app on the iPad.
  • 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 only available on the iPad.
  • Direct Digital: Schools that select the Direct Digital option will enable students to access their textbooks online or on their devices with a real eReading experience that includes adjustable text size, highlighting, notes, bookmarks, and additional access on other devices.
  • 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.

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 on their iPads.
  • Direct Digital: Students and parents can use the Ave Maria Press Direct Digital website to create an account, purchase their digital textbooks, and access their bookshelf there or via the Direct Digital apps.
  • 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 on their iPads.
  • Direct Digital: Contact MBS for details or check to see if your school is partnered with one of the bookstores offering Ave Maria Press eTextbooks.
  • Distributors/Bookstores: Check with your textbook distributor for details. (See the list companies offering Ave Maria Press eTextbooks.)