Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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open format?
by FunkyELF on Thu 19th Jan 2012 21:06 UTC
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People cut down on their music piracy when you could just buy a DRM free mp3 for $1. I'm not sure this will hold true with $15 text books.

If it is an open format then people will pirate.

Hell, Google won't even allow you to rent a movie on the Asus Transformer Prime if you unlock the bootloader.
Pandora and Netflix let you stream on a rooted device (for now) but that is streaming. For these text books to be useful they will have to reside on the device. If those devices are open, content will be stolen.

I'm not too sure Apple is doing anything wrong here. I will be deeply upset if schools fall for Apple's trap but that is on them, the schools. It will be their fault.

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RE: open format?
by Fergy on Thu 19th Jan 2012 21:48 in reply to "open format?"
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If it is an open format then people will pirate.

That's why the text should be free. You can still buy a printed version or a specially formatted version but the original text should be creative commons.

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