Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf Webstore is an e-book platform that complements the book seller’s educational print catalogue.
Wesley Lynch, chief executive of Cape-based Realmdigital, said: “Students, educators and institutions are increasingly adopting digital course materials.
“The rise in the use of tablets for reading digital texts has further had a major effect on how people interact with written material.”
Users will have access to their content offline via a smartphone or tablet app, or online via a web browser thanks to Van Schaik selling and distributing e-textbooks via the VitalSource Bookshelf app.
VitalSource Bookshelf is an international educational material distribution platform with 2.7 million registered users on 6,000 campuses.
Melvin Kaabwe, digital manager of Van Schaik Bookstores, said: “It is the all-round ‘Africa-ready’ textbook solution. Working with Realmdigital has given us access to VitalSource, an international market leader, and the resources to enhance learning throughout Africa and meet the digital needs of the academic community today and into the future.”