It's no secret that elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schooling all put a heavy strain on paper products with materials to teach and learn. The use of online reference has greatly reduced the number of students that require paper research information but today textbooks are still mandatory and primarily in paper form. Apple has just announced its new digital textbook service called iBooks 2, and they are not alone in the area of paperless learning. Here are a few companies currently making waves in the digital reading arena:
A Multi-Touch textbook on iPad is a gorgeous, full-screen experience full of interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. No longer limited to static pictures to illustrate the text, now students can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object, or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the bottom of the screen. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content, and finding definitions in the glossary are just as easy. And with all their books on a single iPad, students will have no problem carrying them wherever they go.
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Students can rent e-textbooks for as few as 30 days and extend rental periods in one-day increments. A key feature is you can keep annotations and highlighting after the rental period ends. The notes are stored in the Amazon cloud and can be automatically synced if you re-rent a textbook. The amount of storable highlighting allowed is determined by the individual publishers, according to an Amazon spokesperson.