Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Race is on for E-texbooks
The Wall Street Journal today: "Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad". Publishers are gearing up for the change. But not a Berkeley student's comment on the article: "I want to write all over my textbook." The Ipad has no stylus, whereas standard tablets offered by HP, Toshiba etc. do. Very exciting to watch MacMillan and Amazon break ties one day, and make an agreement the next. ("Amazon Pulls Macmillan Books Over E-Book Price Disagreement" NYT Friday and "Publisher Wins Fight With Amazon Over E-Books" NYT on Sunday!) By the end of this sabbatical, the market will be completely different. We may see the first big deployments in the Fall.