I've received yesterday an email from the Read Green Initiative (http://goreadgreen.com/
) which announces that Zinio is now offering textbooks along with the digital magazines subscriptions.
Excerpt from the mail :
Zinio Offers College Students a Digital Alternative to Traditional Textbooks
As colleges and universities nationwide begin their spring semesters, students preparing to spend hundreds on textbooks for their spring classes now have a cost-effective and sustainable digital alternative with Zinio. Available at www.textbooks.zinio.com.
Digital textbooks give you:
• 50% off the same printed book prices with $0 shipping!
• Immediate access, buy it late and still have it on time.
• Archive/store on your laptop - no need to lug heavy books around campus.
• Read online or offline and click through to hyperlinks referenced inside.
• Highlight and take virtual notes to mark important information.
• Search inside your book - save time by searching for specific content.
Here is the URL of this service :
Zinio is offering the magazines in a proprietary format, you can either read them online or download them and view them through a proprietary viewer.
Their reader software is available for Windows and Mac, I haven't see it yet for Linux (which doesn't mean it isn't available).