Virtual textbooks turning the page on education

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The sound of students flipping through textbook pages may soon be a thing of the past.

Instead, university and college students may be using their index fingers to silently scroll through virtual textbooks they’ve downloaded to their iPhone or iPod Touch.

They’ll highlight with a swish and make notes with a few taps, thanks to a new application available through the iTunes store.

More than 7,000 post-secondary textbooks from 12 large publishers — including John Wiley & Sons Inc., McGraw Hill Higher Education and Nelson Education — can now be downloaded though CourseSmart LLC for about half the cost of the printed versions.

The textbooks cover courses offered in Canada and the United States.

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