From the press release:
E-textbooks are advancing far beyond mere PDFs of hardbound editions thanks in part to powerful new search capabilities introduced today by Follett Higher Education Group. CafeScribe improvements derive directly from student needs that Follett has directly observed, gleaned from research, or heard articulated by individual students. To ensure student needs continue to drive product development, Follett has created a special early adopter program that gives a limited number of students early access to new features prior to product rollout to the larger CafeScribe user community.The new capabilities in the latest product release now let students and educators using Follett's CafeScribe® eBook platform easily perform robust people searches to find other digital book readers, class groups, study groups or academic interest groups anywhere in the world. Once a user discovers a potential friend or group through the CafeScribe platform, the user can request friendship or membership just as they would on other popular social networks. Once connected, groups can discuss their studies and automatically share notes using the CafeScribe social networking platform for academic applications.