Some Thoughts on Apple’s iPad Textbook Strategy

January 27th, 2012

Apple seeks to reinvent the school textbook industry by offering electronic textbooks on the iPad. They even created an app to allow authors to easily put together textbooks. My primary objection is that the books, by license, must only be available on Apple devices. Exclusivity. So if a student has another tablet, no luck. This almost seems to be a deal-breaker. I’d rather wait to see what Amazon or Kno comes up with. Devices that work on all platforms would be much better.

A related story is that Thomson Reuters is selling its law school publishing business.

Textbooks, as we know it, are on the way out.