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Inkling Gets Support from Major Publishers to Create Digital Textbooks

Inkling Digital TextbooksInkling, the digital textbook startup, announced that it has won backing from two of the biggest textbook publishers. Among other investors, McGraw-Hill and Pearson are now giving Inkling access to an estimated 95 percent of textbooks available on the market today. However, Inkling’s production will only have about 100 titles, available only on the iPad, ready by the fall.

Currently, Inkling’s relatively slow rate of production is due to the company’s desire to create an interactive textbook that goes above and beyond the digital textbooks that are currently available. According to chief executive and founder Matt MacInnis, the new apps only use the existing textbook as a framework that ultimately casts off “the shackles of the book.” He argues that most digital textbooks are little more than PDF files of the original texts. “It only gets interesting when the content itself changes and begins to respond to your fingertips,” MacInnis said. He wants to work with authors to create new content that’s specifically built for the iPad.

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The Kno Is an Alternative Way to Use Digital Textbooks

the-kno-digital-textbookThere’s a new competitor in the e-reader market. To the list that includes the iPad, the Nookstudy, and Kindle, add The Kno. The Kno seeks to set itself apart from its competitors with its hinged two-screen construction that opens just like a book. You may have heard of The Kno under its previous name, KaKai.

The Kno truly seeks to offer all the same features as the iPad. It has a web browser, the capacity to download and store textbooks, watch videos, and take notes. The screen can be manipulated by touch or using a stylus, which can also be used to take notes like writing with a pen. Within textbooks, students can highlight, use sticky notes, or write “directly” on the page or in the margins. There’s also a keyboard function. In-text links can be accessed right from the e-textbook. It even has features to help you study and organize your assignments.

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