iBooks textbooks and digital adoption

At $15 a pop, digital textbooks provide an exciting interactive alternative to traditional print copies. But will iBooks replace textbooks? Continue reading “iBooks textbooks and digital adoption” »

In the past 50 years, technology has dramatically altered the way we go about our daily tasks. Why should classroom education should be any different? Textbooks are heavy, cumbersome, and ridiculously expensive. Most textbooks cost $60-$100, and become outdated and devalued shortly after leave the bookstore and enter your backpack. This week, Apple announced an alternative to traditional textbooks: iBooks textbooks for iPad.

iPad textbooks go way beyond the printed page by introducing interactive images, 3d images, and interactive galleries. Highlighting text is intuitive. Study cards are automatically generated. Best of all, textbooks will cost $15 or less (according to Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing).

StudentsWhile the prospect of digitally revolutionizing the classroom is exciting, the question of adoption seems to be at the forefront of educators’ minds. Digital textbooks may be less expensive, but an iPad still costs $500 per student. Will instructors require iPads? If they do, who will pay for them? Unlike hard copies, digital textbooks will not be able to be reused in classrooms. It is uncertain how the current lengthy state approval process will apply to digital textbooks as well.

So what’s your preference? If your instructor gave you the option of purchasing a traditional printed copy or a less expensive digital copy (providing you procure your own device), which would you choose? What other advantages and disadvantages do you see? Leave your opinion in the comments below!


  1. call of duty Jan 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

    i also think that digital textbooks are better

  2. Tim Harper Jan 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I think digital textbooks is a brilliant idea.

  3. Joseph LeBaron Jan 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I finished school 10 years ago, but this makes me wish I was back in school. I’m excited for the prospects of interactive learning.

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