Is This What Textbooks on an Apple Tablet Will Be Like?

Is This What Textbooks on an Apple Tablet Will Be Like?

Gregory Han
Jan 5, 2010

The Wall Street Journal adds a little bit more fire to the flame in what we predicted will be the year of the tablet, with this video preview from digital-publisher, Coursesmart, showcasing what one could assume is a guesstimate of the Apple iSlate experience with certain elements similar to the Conde Naste concept.

Excerpt from the WSJ's Dreaming Up Textbooks on an Apple Tablet:

The market is already filled with dedicated reading devices like Amazon's Kindle, most of which feature black-and-white e-ink screens. But Coursesmart, a digital-publishing joint venture of five major textbook publishers, says many of those devices require too many concessions — like no color graphics, no consistent page numbers and no way to scribble notes — for students to adopt them widely in place of regular textbooks.

However, Coursesmart Executive Vice President Frank Lyman has a very different take on the potential of tablet computers for reading. Tablets could include the ability to look at color graphics and integrate other sources of information such as video and outside links, he said.

Whether this sort of device aids student learning in a classroom environment is possibly a moot discussion. Just as laptops have become the norm on college campuses, we're sure touch screen tablets in some shape or form will make their way into the class. Imagine instructors offering downloadable course apps and streaming video/image content during lectures instead of projecting them onto a screen like we had to snooze through.

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