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February 04, 2010

Interactive textbooks coming to the iPad


The Wall Street Journal reports that McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson, and Kaplan have made deals with Apple to bring interactive textbooks to the iPad.

Vator News comments: 'Not only will students be able to color-categorize while highlighting words on the page, but they will also be able to write text notes or record audio notes directly onto the device. Further, the third-party developer will likely be implementing videos and interactive practice quizzes into the applications. Probably the most useful tool will seem the most basic: the ability to search the text ... With all these features combined into one device, the iPad could potentially revolutionize education.'

PC World reports: 'Features that may make it into the iPad textbooks include video, interactive quizzes, the ability to record lectures, highlight and search text, and take notes ... Amazon's e-reader is a little disadvantaged against the iPad since the Kindle's e-ink screen can only display text and pictures, as opposed to integrating animations and video like the iPad'

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