Apple Launches K-12 iPad Textbooks, New iTunes U & Self-Publishing Platform
"Adoption of the major series like reading, math and literature, is going to take longer in development especially with [National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA)] adoption states. It is unknown if adoption states and open-territory school districts could make room in their budgets for a technology infrastructure update of this nature - it seems likely that the printed textbook for the major K-12 series will hold on a bit longer," Conley said in a statement emailed to news outlets.
Whether or not Apple faces a long stretch in effectively introducing an interactive educational resource, the late Steve Jobs declared that he wanted to transform the textbook industry with the iPad in an interview with biographer Walter Isaacson before his passing.
Mr. Jobs told Isaacson that he wanted to hire well-known textbook writers to create electronic versions of their books. He said that Apple could sidestep the state certification process for K-12 textbooks by making them available free for iPads.
Apple's additions present a triple threat to its Amazon-branded competitors, giving eLearners and ePublishers more leverage than ever before.