July 08, 2011
South Korea plans to have replaced all of the paper textbooks in state-run schools with tablets by 2015.
The country’s education ministry said it is to spend around 2 billion dollars converting existing school textbooks and developing cloud computing systems to provide learning software. Students will be expected to download all material to a variety of platforms including “smart pads, smart TVS, and a variety of digital devices”. Low-income families will be provided with subsidized tablets. “We don't expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment,” said a ministry official, quoted in Korean newspaper the Chosunilbo.
According to the Korean Publishers Association, Koreans purchased over $176m-worth of e-books last year (£109.5m), and expects sales to triple by 2013.
• Source article in the Bookseller
• The robots are coming!
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