Just as Apple has has conquered the music,laptop/netbook, and mobile telephone markets with iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad, It has invaded another market, academic textbooks. As we’ve seen from these forays in the past, publishers won’t last long. Here’s an article from “The Verge”.
The US hasn’t been shy about its desire to bring digital textbooks to the classroom, and a new analysis from the FCC shows that doing so could save close to $3 billion annually. Based on numbers from Project RED, the FCC estimates that traditional learning tools like textbooks cost around $3,871 per year per student. Meanwhile, the most generous estimate for digital, which looks at replacing these tools with a single tablet, sees those costs drop to $3,621 annually. However, despite Apple’s push into the textbook space, these numbers appear to be for non-iPad tablets they assume that current tablets will cost just $250 amortized over four years, while future low-end tablets could drop as low as $150. A more conservative estimate puts the costs of a lower-end tablet and an additional mobile device at $3,811 per year, for savings of $60 per student. While that may not sound like a lot, with an estimated $49 million elementary and secondary students in the US, $60 per student means overall savings of around $2.94 billion. While iPads might be too expensive for most students, low-cost tablets like the Kindle Fire or Google’s rumored device could be a great fit for the education market.