Death of the textbook - and the 50-pound bookbag

Ellen Lee, Jul 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good coverage documenting what will likely be the complete phasing oput of the textbook over the next five years. This will have a huge impact. "Textbook sales, for both higher education and K-12, will reach an estimated $13.7 billion in the U.S. this year, according to Outsell, a research firm." This market will diosappear; "The late Steve Jobs had his eye on textbooks, calling the industry 'ripe for digital destruction' in Walter Isaacson's biography." Publishers are scrambling to adapt. "'Textbooks are going to remain a key part of learning. They just need to go digital, become more interactive and they need more analytics,' said Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno,"

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