Boundless brings text book alternatives and study materials right to your iPhone

Boundless brings text book alternatives and study materials right to your iPhone and iPad

Boundless is a a new service that offers alternatives to pricey textbooks along with study materials. Start by choosing your subjects or searching for your required textbooks. Boundless then offers alternatives that you can buy as an in-app purchase. The iPhone app then let you take your material with you everywhere.

As far as selection goes, I was able to find updated editions and alternative books for almost all the accounting and tax books I had sitting around from college. Boundless had alternatives for most of them along with supplemental study materials including flashcards and quizzes.

You can use Boundless either right on your iPhone through the native app or by logging in to their website. If you're looking to save some money on textbooks, users of Boundless seem to think it's a pretty good service. They also offer a money back guarantee so if you drop a class or aren't happy with the content, you have 30 days to get the money back you paid for textbook alternative.

Buying a book from Boundless will cost you $19 for each one. If you would rather use your actual textbooks, Boundless can still provide great study material across many different subjects which makes it a great resources whether you use their alternative book service or not. Their free open Boundless books section lets you view information on many topics without paying. You only need to spent the $19 if you want the study materials attached to their collection of books.

If you've tried out Boundless already, let us know what you think of it!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Boundless brings text book alternatives and study materials right to your iPhone


I doubt many people in college will find any use in an alternative book. Plenty of professors already change two words in their textbooks just so they can call it a new edition.

Study materials could be useful if they are cheap enough.

__I expect Students understand this is much more than a price-point issue. First year College & University Students can't afford to regret not choosing to use their Professor's Textbook choices. To avoid the regret of having made a poor decision, it's good advice to ask Students to review & compare Faculty recommended textbook options to judge the quality of materials for themselves, while considering that one places a high value on the quality of time invested in studying. Boundless website could help them with their decisions while supporting claims that "Boundless is better than your assigned textbook" by comparing screen-shots of all key pages from all Boundless Alternative Textbooks next to pages from the University's Assigned Textbooks.