Boundless has set out to offer students low-cost alternatives to their traditional textbooks by collecting information and curating it into free or low-cost books. The company says the textbooks are as good as ones you may buy from a college bookstore, and the app even lets you search for a textbook you need in order to find one in the Boundless catalog that can work for the same class. Premium books, which come with the perk of study aids such as flashcards and quizzes, will cost $19.99.

The app’s books are good at covering the basics — so good in fact, that textbook publishers have sued the company for copyright infringement. A settlement is reportedly in the works. Users should keep in mind that Boundless may not have everything on every subject. For those looking to save cash or for help with the fundamentals, however, Boundless gets an A. Free, for iOS.

Boundless app for iOS (istockphoto)

Hayley Tsukayama