Want to refer multiple textbooks for that course that you are working on in your school/college? Is the prohibitive cost of textbooks stopping you from doing so? Fear not, help is at hand.
Introducing bookstep.com where you can rent digital text books for a specific duration of time, a term (180 days) or an year. The amount that you pay as rent is commensurate with the duration that you have selected. Not only this, the duration that you have been reading a book is calculated by the amount of time that you have actually spent reading that title on their website. So say you decide to rent a book for 3 hours and after reading the book for an hour you feel tired. All you have to do is press the "Stop" button for that book. At a later time you can login to your Bookstep account and then read that same book for 2 more hours. How good is that?
Bookstep works for both students as well as instructors/publishers. Students can select the textbook or course-ware relevant to them and while reading make annotations (like highlighting text or take notes on specific sections etc.) in the interface provided on Bookstep. If they want they can sell the annotations in the future to other students on Bookstep as further study aid. Instructors/Publishers can publish their content at no cost on Bookstep and decide on whether to make the content accessible at no cost to Bookstep readers or to use a paid subscription model. This creates a win-win situation for all.