Textbook Publishers Sign Up For IPad

Posted: Feb 3 2010, 10:33am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:13pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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If you are (or have ever been) a college student, you know that textbook publishers represent one of the greatest evils known to man. Anyone who has ever spent $400 per semester on textbooks knows what I am talking about. The only thing worse than paying ridiculous, inflated prices for school books is having to lug them from class to class all semester. I've had multiple 400-500 page texts in a semester before. There's a reason so many grad students have spinal problems.

According to the Wall Street Journal these complaints may soon be a thing of the past. Several big name textbook publishers are already lined up to provide content for the iPad. McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , Pearson Education, and Kaplan Inc are all working with ScrollMotion Inc. to develop textbook applications for the iPad. Test prep courses and study guides are also in development.

Hopefully, these e-texts will be in a form that you can access and read on any sort of tablet PC. I doubt these publishers would want to lock themselves in with ONLY Apple this early in the game. The tablet market is still fertile, and no clear leader has yet emerged. We won't really have a good idea of who is going to end up on top until the end of 2010, when the iPad and several of its big-name competitors (from HP, Asus, MSI) have had a chance to sell for a while.

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