I figured when apple launched the textbook part of iBooks the service would be wildly successful if enough textbooks that most students need were available. I was right, AllThingsD reports that there have been 350,000 textbooks downloaded in the last three days since iBooks launched textbooks.
There is an unknown to these downloads though, the sample textbook that was offered for free could have racked up a large portion of those downloads with people trying to see what the service is like. The free book is E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth. Downloads of the textbook authoring platform iBookAuthor also racked up.
There were 90,000 downloads of iBooks Author during the same three days. I would have loved to have digital books back in college. Many students don’t need much of a push to buy a new gadget so the digital textbooks should also help move a lot of iPads too.
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