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  • Jobs' View On Transforming The School Textbook Business

    As more information about Steve Jobs and his plans continue to be revealed from his biography, interesting topics and speculation continue to arise. According to some information revealed by The New York Times, the next market Jobs wanted to explore was the market for school textbooks. This was publicized around the time when the iPad was first released as well but Jobsí biography gives more insight into the matter.

    Apparently he held several meetings with major publishers seeking partnership with Apple. Jobsí train of thought was that if textbooks were given away for free on the iPad, publishers might be able to get around the state certification of textbooks, potentially saving a lot of money. It wasnít made clear what the business model of such a plan might look like or how it would work but it is possible that we will see it in action in the future.

    Some schools have adopted the use of iPads for the distribution of material but it hasnít been seen widely across the nation just yet. I personally think too many rules and regulations might come into play with the whole ordeal but perhaps giving the option of having more textbooks on the iPad would be appealing to students. I can imagine carrying around an iPad to be much more convenient than multiple textbooks, not to mention the iPad can serve multiple purposes. On the other hand, the chances of getting distracted are much higher as well. Just like most things, the idea has its pros and cons.

    What do you think of the whole ordeal? Would you like to see Apple in the school textbook business? Share any thoughts or comments below!

    Source: The New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jobs' View On Transforming The School Textbook Business started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      I like all these leaks, keep posting them. I like to know my stuff before the masses. Good job mmi.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      he only supported it because it was his device at the front of it all. It just meant more $$ for him.
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      he only supported it because it was his device at the front of it all. It just meant more $$ for him.
      not exactly.. I mean school textbooks are expensive. If every student had their own through all of school, that'd pay off. Books are like $50-70 and theres more than one class every year that uses textbooks.. plus an iPad is a whole lot lighter than 4 big books.
    1. Navagosostis's Avatar
      Navagosostis -
      to give a free iPad 2 to every student would be way to expensive, plus a great deal of distraction.what they could do would be to use first generation refurbished iPads, owned by schools and locked down to only allow certain applications to run- and especially lock down music videos and games. maybe only allow specially created case of school specific podcasts.