The full potential of digital textbooks is being realized with a new software platform called Inkling that brings the information to life on iPads, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
“The Inkling-based e-books make full use of the iPad’s color, video and touch screen. A biology text, for example, offers 3-D views of molecules such as DNA, video lectures, and interactive quizzes. Users can highlight text, take notes and share them in real time with other users, such as fellow students. Along the way, students can jump outside the text to Google or Wikipedia.”
“We publishers haven’t done a great job of enriching and enhancing the e-book experience,” says Ronald Dunn, chief executive of Cengage, one of the world’s largest higher education textbook publishers. “A flat e-representation of a printed e-book doesn’t add very much value.”