iPad eBook Reader to Offer Textbooks

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Apple unveils the iPad. (via Engadget)

Student might very soon be handing over a portion of their student loan checks to Apple. As if Macs, iPods and iPhones weren’t already wildly popular with the collegiate crowd, Steve Jobs’ announcement today of the company’s long-anticipated new product, the iPad, will surely be on the must-have school supply list upon its release sometime in 2010 (still unknown at this time).

McGraw-Hill’s CEO, Harold McGraw III, told CNBC that the company’s textbooks will be made available for the on the new iPad (previously thought to be called the Apple Table or iSlate). Additionally, during Steve Jobs’ live presentation, it was announced that other textbook partners would include publishers Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillian, and Hatchett Book Group.

While the Amazon Kindle has been considered to be the next big revolution in e-readers with a possibility of taking over the textbook market, it seems completely plausible that the new iPad from Apple could fulfill that role much more quickly.

Also Read:

iPad iBooks and Kindle DX for Textbook Comparison

Curious how the budding fight between iPad and the Kindle will play out in regards to being used as an e-reader for textbooks? Take a look at this side-by-side comparison of the two devices, weighing the pros and cons for college students.

iPad Textbooks Protected by FairPlay DRM in iBookstore

Apple is already taking steps to head-off piracy on its new iPad, introduced last month. Even with a cheaper price tag, iPad textbooks could still fall victim to piracy, which is why Apple is employing the FairPlay digital rights management system (DRM) to ensure media in its new iBookstore are safe.

iPad Textbooks and iBookstore to Change How College Students Consume Books

As far as college students are concerned, the iPad’s e-reader technology makes it incredibly applicable to their lifestyle. The iPad has the potential to free students from lugging weighty bags of expensive textbooks to and from campus.

Free iPads for College Students

At Seton Hill University, a Roman Catholic school in Pennsylvania, all 2,000 full-time students will be welcomed back this fall with an iPad. George Fox University, a Christian school in Oregon, is giving students, including first years, the option between an iMac and iPad; next year they only get iPads.

iPad Banned at Cornell, Princeton and George Washington University

Cornell, Princeton and George Washington University announced that they are banning the iPad from their campuses. Princeton and GWU cite security risks while Cornell voices concern that students will monopolize the bandwidth available on the university’s network.

Free CourseSmart iPad App Helps You Find eTextbooks

CourseSmart is making it easier for you to find and use their e-textbooks on your iPad. They’re now offering an updated version of their free “eTextbooks” app.

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Best iPad Apps for College Students






31 Responses to “iPad eBook Reader to Offer Textbooks”

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  3. AppsforiPads says:

    As a parent that put three children through college I have to say that this is a godsend! When the last one was enrolled we utilized the Internet to find books at a fraction of the cost… NOW with the advent of the iPad an eBooks parents and students have a wonderful source available to them! Most books will never be kept, and if they are they are never opened again… to download them onto an iPad for a semester is a GREAT alternative!

  4. abogado cordoba says:

    It seems someone else may jump ahead of the other publishers, and offer a service FOR the publishers to create interactive textbooks.is very interesting …
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  5. Diseño Web says:

    I think I will buy iPad for reading ebook.

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  12. Richard Van Orton says:

    iPad could skip a generation or two as they could have done a much better job with the first one.

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  21. ipad reader says:

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  25. PS Coleman says:

    Oops, my previous comments were intended for the article one level back. Sorry.

    Excuse me while I just nip off and fall on my sword.

  26. iPad iBooks and Kindle DX for Textbook Comparison | Edu in Review Blog says:

    […] or even do a citation for a particular page number. Issues that will be no less important for  the iPad textbooks […]

  27. PS Coleman says:

    I have trouble understanding how anyone could make so many DEAD WRONG statements about the Kindle.

    I’ve been making notations and bookmarks with both Kindle 2 and DX. Who told you it couldn’t be done?

    Where did you get the idea that the Kindle (any Kindle) “requires an external keyboard”? It has a built-in keyboard.

  28. Ridiculous Textbooks : Webb of Thoughts says:

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  29. Karan says:

    This pretty much seals it. My math and French textbooks are already fully online so i guess if i can completely download them it would be even better. only issue i see is switching between notetaking and textbooks. I would like to see not-taking built into the e-reader app….

  30. Jay Cee Junior says:

    I can’t wait to use this for my textbooks! and other things lolz!

  31. Mike says:

    It seems someone else may jump ahead of the other publishers, and offer a service FOR the publishers to create interactive textbooks. Something that I expected to hear a lot about but was something that I noticed was missing from the presentation
    (Besides a front facing camera and multi-tasking):


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