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Textbook Publishers Seeking iPad Applications

In yet another sign that textbook publishers are ramping up their products for digital platforms, the major textbook companies—McGraw-Hill Cos., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson Education—have signed deals with software developer ScrollMotion Inc. to create applications for the new Apple iPad and other electronic readers, according to this Wall Street Journal piece.

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Tech developers have been working on applications for bringing school content to digital devices for a while now, according to news reports (see here, and here), including the Kindle, laptops and netbooks, and other portable computers.

With more states investigating their options for digital textbooks, as we've been reporting on edweek.org, observers say the schoolbook market could see a real shift in the near future.

What will schools do with all those 1990s-era history books?

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