Today Ingram announced the launch of VitalSource Bookshelf, an iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) app for its VitalSource program, which enables access to digital textbooks for academic institutions and students. This is a major step in making Ingram’s academic content easily accessible to students and faculty, and in making the iPad an increasingly useful device for students.

Like the Kindle and Nook apps, the VitalSource app syncs reading between devices and retains all reader highlights and notes. VitalSource has a catalog of over 60,000 titles from many textbook publishers.