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Schools can't afford to pay their teachers or keep their buildings and equipment updated and in good condition. They surely cannot afford to pay for iPads + ebooks for every student.

People seem to forget that things need to be paid for.

Not to mention, how are you going to expect millions of teens, pre-teens, and adolescents to take good care of a device that they were given for free?
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post #62 of 122
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Schools can't afford to pay their teachers or keep their buildings and equipment updated and in good condition. They surely cannot afford to pay for iPads + ebooks for every student.
People seem to forget that things need to be paid for.
Not to mention, how are you going to expect millions of teens, pre-teens, and adolescents to take good care of a device that they were given for free?

Yeah, I really don't see this happening in too many public schools...maybe a few private schools, though IF the school can buy a bunch of iPads and then never need to sped more than $15 on a book again...it might save money in the long run. Things like how many the kids break or steal will have a play in that as well. On paper I'd say it would be a good deal...reality could be a far different story. If they will have to be buying all new iPads once every five years they might as well stick with paper books since that is about how often they probably by them anyway.

Heh, that is why I am hoping they are focusing on college. I am still hoping to continue some more education and I will gladly use an iPad for all my text books...we will see if life lets me though
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How's basketweaving 101?
Those of us in medical/science/engineering can only wish we paid a penny for a retail book.

Word.
post #64 of 122
My real issue is Apple demanding exclusivity from the authors for any E-book they publish. So you are in school, your teacher decides to use an apple ebook, you HAVE to go out and buy an iPad

"Well, it turns out that Cupertino is giving authors the ability to set their own prices as long as they remain $14.99 or under. In exchange, Apple takes a 30 percent cut, and requires authors take an oath of fealty to Tim Cook -- ok, not really, but 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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I paid 80 for a used book for my differential equations class and it was actually a good deal.

but publishers are going to rush away from their current situation to drop prices by 90% and give 30% of their new revenue to apple.
    
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Apple's the obvious choice here though, they're making a huge push...

Given the price, even with a 50% discount, they still aren't the "choice". In order to do this, they require a similar approach to what the Indians did. Their school system can give out tablets for around 45 bucks. The kindle fire is more believable.
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I don't think any one will have to re-write anything...How do you think they have a copy to print? The electronic copy would have to come first. They might need to put it in the correct format, but likely they are starting out in a pdf or something similar anyway.
So by going digital they save money and open their books up to a larger market.

Whoa whoa whoa... you think Apple is inventing the digital textbook? They've been around for years in digital form. Apple is merging the traditional textbook with interactive elements, which will force authors to completely rethink and rewrite their textbooks, not to mention the time it will take to learn the new tools.
    
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This is going to be useless. Schools will not outfit k-12 with ipads, and college textbooks will not be $10. >.>

My former high school replaced many class sets of books with the $80 Kindle. It's an interesting idea, but I hate reading on anything that's not paper.
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This is going to be useless. Schools will not outfit k-12 with ipads, and college textbooks will not be $10. >.>

Here in South Carolina we have had numerous elementary, middle and high schools switch to iPads. Do you honestly believe tablet devices won't replace textbooks in schools?
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Here in South Carolina we have had numerous elementary, middle and high schools switch to iPads. Do you honestly believe tablet devices won't replace textbooks in schools?

Do you know if they some how prevent the students from downloading games like angry birds? Or do they just have to watch and make sure the kids aren't playing games?
    
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