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eTextbook Programme

Enhancing your students’ learning.

Student reading an etextbook on a tablet in the library.‌What is the eTextbook Programme?

The eTextbook Programme is part of our Reading Lists service. It provides each student on a number of undergraduate course units with individual access to an interactive, electronic textbook.

Unlike standard ebooks, eTextbooks are purchased for each individual student on a specific course module, and are continuously accessible.

It’s the electronic equivalent of buying a print copy for each student, and, in most cases, students can keep their eTextbook for the duration of their studies.

Support for you and your students

Visit the Kortext support website for:

  • FAQ’s
  • How to Videos
  • Kortext Reading Apps

You and your students can contact the support team directly at but you can also contact our representative Glenn directly with any questions or queries that you may have yourself at


In addition to your students having access to their textbook you can also access a suite of analytics showing your students engagement with the textbook, including

  • What chapter and pages are being used
  • Time spent using the textbook
  • What words and key terms are your students looking for within the textbook

Kortext are running regular webinars for staff at The University of Manchester to learn more about how to use these. To book a webinar as well as request a free Kortext copy of the textbook and access to your modules analytics, sign up here:

How do I get an eTextbook for my students?

For an item on your reading list to be considered for the eTextbook Programme, you should tag it as ‘core’ in Reading Lists Online and submit your list to the Reading Lists team by Wednesday, 1 July 2020 if possible. Because we know planning your teaching is challenging in these circumstances, we will continue to review eTextbook requests made after 1 July 2020 where we can. 

If you want to be considered for the programme, only one item can be tagged as core on your reading list. This should be the item you want to be provided as an eTextbook.

A core text is the main textbook students are required to use extensively throughout the course, as defined by the Library policy for the purchase of reading list books - Covid-19 update.

What are the benefits?

  • Students can download their textbook to multiple devices via the VLE for free, enabling them to access crucial course material from anywhere in the world at no cost.
  • eTextbooks are interactive, encouraging deeper student engagement with texts. For example, students and tutors can add and share notes, highlight key phrases and perform full text searches using navigation tools.
  • Accessibility tools allow users to customise their reading or use the Read Aloud option. 
  • Tutors have access to integrated teaching and learning tools and an in depth analytics dashboard to track usage and encourage engagement.