Direct Textbook Launches New eBook Search Tool in Anticipation of the Launch of the Apple iPad

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Leading textbook resource site makes online ebook searches more efficient for college faculty, staff, students and parents as the popularity of ebooks soar.

However, some students who are still transitioning to ebooks feel more comfortable having both the ebook and the hardback or paperback version.

The hundreds of thousands of Apple iPads that have been pre-ordered is a clear indication of the rise in popularity of ebooks, and will likely quiet skeptics who claimed the digital text revolution was nothing more than a fad. In preparation for the official April 3 launch of the iPad, and the summer semester, Direct Textbook is launching a new ebook search tool on its website. The tool will facilitate the search of multiple online bookstores for electronic versions of college textbooks.

"The number of students who purchase ebooks is expected to rise sharply with the release of the Apple iPad," said Chris Lindgren, president. "We're excited to watch how the digital age continues to transform the educational landscape, and we're going to great lengths to make sure that our website fully accommodates professors, students and parents who are embracing the digital text movement."

Direct Texbook's ebook search tool searches more than 200 online bookstores, including eBooks.com, eCampus.com, Cengagebrain.com, Coursesmart.com and Textbooks.com. Users can search by ISBN, author, title or relevant keywords and within seconds have immediate access to book descriptions, reviews and edition details. In one click, users can save the book to their online BookList and continue searching, or compare prices to find the most affordable option.

eBooks deliver significant list price savings, as well as savings on shipping and handling. Additionally, they can be purchased as an alternative to hardback and paperback editions, or in addition to traditional formats for students who want the best of both worlds.

"The iPad and other ebook devices enhance students' educational experience with video clips, interactive quizzes, the ability to search the web, unparalleled portability and more," said Lindgren. "However, some students who are still transitioning to ebooks feel more comfortable having both the ebook and the hardback or paperback version."

For more information or to use Direct Textbook's ebook search tool, visit http://www.directtextbook.com. The site also includes a FAQ section for professors, students and parents seeking more information on the pros and cons of ebooks.

About Direct Textbook

First launched in 2002, Direct Textbook helps parents and students search more than 200 online bookstores for bargain textbooks, saving them money and time. The company has helped more than one million parents and students get more for their used text books with its college textbook buyback price search, and save up to 90 percent on textbook purchases. Visit http://www.directtextbook.com for more information.

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