Academic e-Textbooks

World Class e-Book Solutions for School, HigherEd, Academics and Professionals 

Van Schaik Bookstore’s significant investment in digital technology ensures that our eTextbook solutions meet the needs of students, academics, libraries and researchers.

In the past, access to Academic eBooks was limited to online use only or costly single access offline use. With our eTextbooks, you can access your study materials in a way that is convenient for you. Our e-learning materials are not just boring .pdfs, but are designed to be fully interactive.

Learn more about how VitalSource® eTextbooks can make a difference to your studies here.

Van Schaik eTextbooks are available for use on your PC, tablet, laptop or mobile phone. User-friendly and most importantly, available for offline usage where many users may not have continuous internet access.

Some benefits of these solutions include:

  • Single sign-on for all your textbooks,
  • Subscribe to fellow learner’s and lecturer’s highlights and notes
  • Download books to any device for easy online or offline reading
  • Local support for queries from our Customer Service contact center on 08600STUDY

 

eTextbook 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 emailing vsorders@vanschaik.com, clearly stating that you require a digital version of the textbook.

These are various options for eTextbooks the way YOU want them, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on the VitalSource eTextbook solution click here.

To begin your journey, register on vanschaik.vitalsource.com

Some free "trial" books are available at the VitalSource store or upon request from VanSchaik.com at their discretion. These trial books are only to showcase the advanced functionality and expected performance of the student-friendly platform, some titles may therefore not be available for trial.

As indicated above, eBooks can be read on many different devices with corresponding screen sizes, which may change the page numbering format or be presented as a continuous "infinite scroll".

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

All the best for your studies!


A Stellenbosch-developed eBook 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


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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.

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 eBook 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.

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

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.

A brand new premium e-learning solution we have developed is called SmartSWOT.

Download the SmartSWOT e-reader app here

SmartSWOT revolutionizes the way students learn by providing educators with the tools to customize 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.

In summary, Van Schaik Bookstore can offer you e-Textbooks on various e-book platforms that are available for use on your PC, Tablet, laptop or mobile phone. Be sure to select a platform that suits your needs since the different platforms offer different functionality. SmartSWOT is specifically designed for deployment as a fully inclusive enterprise solution for institutions. Lecturers, Teachers, Course facilitators and quality assurance units are able to monitor student progress via analytics with SmartSWOT therefore usage on a basic mobile phone is not yet possible as it requires more complex resources. SmartSWOT works within the minimum requirements set out for student hardware by the Departments of Basic and Higher Education. Compatible devices are available from Van Schaik Bookstore at favorable prices for SmartSWOT users.

All the Van Schaik Bookstore e-book platforms are user-friendly and most importantly, available for off-line usage where many users may not have continuous internet access.

A free customer service help-desk is available to students and course facilitators during business hours via telephone on 0800 11 888 2 or online chat service through the vanschaik.com website home-page. Calls from cell-phones are also discounted on 08600STUDY for your convenience.

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 vsorders@vanschaik.com 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 offering 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 eTextbook solutions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) click here.

  • FREE "trial" e-books are available upon request from VanSchaik.com at their discretion e-mail vsorders@vanschaik.com or call 08600 STUDY

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 available.

Otherwise, 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!