Innovative classroom apps aren’t the only iPad feature generating a lot of excitement in education, however. Interactive iPad textbooks — that is, books that not only contain e-text, but also include videos, quizzes, and other interactive content — have also been garnering a great deal of attention.
As the prices of textbooks increase to what many would deem unreasonable levels, large companies like Apple, as well as startups such as Inkling and Metrodigi, are working to change how textbooks are published, distributed and read
According to Wired, Apple’s iBookStore is focusing on revolutionizing K-12 textbooks, while the San Francisco based startup Inkling is one of the premier publishers of iPad textbooks for colleges, medical schools and other institutions of higher education.
Both Apple and Inkling have formed partnerships with major publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson, two of the largest textbook publishing companies in the country.