Academic e-Textbooks

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Van Schaik Bookstore introduces "Africa-ready" electronic textbook (e-Textbook) solutions!

As digital technology is continually evolving, academic materials benefit from these advances.

Van Schaik has made a significant investment in ensuring that our e-book solutions meet the needs of students, academics, libraries and researchers.

In the past, access to electronic versions of books for Academic purposes was limited to on-line use only or costly single access off-line use. With our e-textbooks you can access your study materials in a way that is convenient for you. Our e-learning material is not just a boring .pdf like some other e-books out there, it's designed to be fully interactive.

Learn more about how Vitalsource e-books can make the difference in your studies here.

A Stellenbosch developed e-book application called Snapplify is also available and has an extensive collection of school books for CAPS and Private K-12 schools. You can check out our dedicated Snapplify store here

A brand new premium e-learning solution we have developed is called SmartSWOT. Download the app here

SmartSWOT revolutionises the way students learn by providing educators with the tools to customise the e-book experience with their own tried and tested teaching materials including quizzes, worked examples, drawings and media files. This creates a true "flipped classroom"" experience using OTA technology (over the air) so that distance learning (tele-matic pedagogy) becomes a practical reality. Students receive self-marking assignments,videos and other content which creates a unique learning path and keeps everyone on the same page wherever they are.

SmartSWOT screen example

More on SmartSWOT is available in the downloadable information guide here.

Van Schaik e-Textbooks are available for use on your PC, Tablet, laptop or mobile phone. User-friendly and most importantly, available for off-line usage where many users may not have continuous internet access.

Some benefits of these solutions include:

  • Single sign-on for all your textbooks,
  • You can high-light and make notes on your e-textbook that you can share with your friends or lecturer wherever they are.
  • Access to your e-textbook via any smart-phone or tablet that has a browser. This means it's always available. On your way to school, in a taxi or where you can't reach a PC.
  • Local support for queries from our Customer Service contact center on 08600STUDY

The e-textbook content is provided under agreement from individual publishers. If there are any books that we don't have available in your preferred format, just let us know which title and ISBN by e-mail to clearly stating that you require the e-book of it.

Ingram is the largest distributor of Academic textbooks in the US, therefore the list of available titles surpasses any other offerring on the market.

These are various options for e-Textbooks the way YOU want them, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To take away!

For more information on the Vitalsource eTextbook solution and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) click here.

To begin your journey, register on

FREE "trial" books are available at the Vitalsource bookshelf store or upon request from at their discretion.

Trial books are only to showcase the advanced functionality and expected performance of the student-friendly e-reader platform, some titles may therefore not be available for trial.

As indicated above, e-books can be read on many different devices with corresponding screen sizes, this may change the page numbering format or be presented as a continuous "infinite scroll". Please try the technology first before you buy to see if it suits your needs.

With any option of e-book platform you choose, you can download the relevant e-reader application for your Windows, iOS or Android tablet in the relevant App store for your device.

If e-books is not your thing, don't worry we will deliver most printed books within 3 days to major metropolitan cities in the Republic of South Africa.

All the best for your studies!