Blackwell’s Helps Ebooks Get More Interactive in Time for the New Academic Year
Leading academic bookseller Blackwell’s has added exciting new functionality to its ebook platform ahead of the start of the new academic year, including virtual notes, instant referencing and text to speech, giving students even more power at their fingertips.
The company has been working closely with universities, lecturers and students over the past few months to ensure that the platform has developed with features that match exactly what they need. Using the online platform, which is complemented with free to download Apple and Android apps, students and lecturers alike can access and annotate eBooks on any device, including tablet, computer and smartphone
A new citation tool, delivered in association with award winning start-up RefMe.com, one of the fastest-growing EdTech products in Europe, will enable students to quickly and easily generate a reference for their essay. With over 7,000 institutions’ referencing styles available, students can easily look up their university to set a style and be sure their bibliography is created in the correct format.
“Citing your sources accurately should be as easy, simple and intuitive as hitting the ‘like’ button on Facebook,” says Tom Hatton, Co-founder and CEO of RefME. “We’ve been signing up thousands of users a day since launching in October, and we’re very excited to now be partnering with Blackwell’s to bring this free functionality to even more students and educators.”
A ‘Sharing Notes’ facility is now available for all accounts that have ‘lecturer’ access with the ability to share lecture notes and comments to students on their courses.
Books can how also be read out loud to students, enabling accessibility and multitasking with a new text to speech facility.
“Learning via a digital platform is emerging as a proven way to provide students with a more engaging experience, improving both retention rates and student satisfaction, and that is set to increase as the tablet generation reaches university age,” explains Tim Kilmartin, Head of Corporate, Professional & Institutional Sales at Blackwell’s.
“eBooks offer particular advantages in terms of accessibility, and we’ve continued to harness this by introducing a read-aloud feature to our eBook platform in order to make our service more inclusive of sight-impaired users, as well as providing an invaluable benefit for international students working to improve their spoken English. This comes as part of our overall objective in supporting universities in ensuring their students receive a learning outcome worthy of their investment,” he adds.