CourseSmart, one of the largest providers of eTextbooks, today announced its partnership with Instructure—the company that produces the learning management system (LMS), Canvas. CourseSmart’s collection includes 30,000 eTextbooks and digital course materials. This initiative permits instructors and students to access the CourseSmart eTextbooks via their student/instructor Canvas portal.
One of the benefits of digitizing textbooks is the reduction of cost. According to the press release, eTextbooks are up to 60 percent cheaper than their printed versions. The news signals a more competitive and vibrant LMS market that makes Blackboard’s long-lasting supremacy a thing of the past.