College students can purchase electronic versions of their textbooks and read them online at the Chegg and CourseSmart websites, and they can also find free digital textbooks at such sites as Boundless and the College Open Textbook Collaborative. Selections vary by source, although free sources usually offer nontraditional textbooks. Online traditional college textbooks usually cost a fee.
Chegg sells popular college textbooks that students can read by using a computer's browser or the Chegg mobile app, with the option to search the textbooks and highlight important information. CourseSmart's electronic textbooks can be read online or offline on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Students can also print pages and take notes.
Boundless offers free textbooks that it creates from material around the Internet, but these are not the standard textbooks students use in college classes. The College Open Textbook Collaborative offers electronic books suitable for use at 2-year colleges.