How’s this for innovation? California State University and Nature Publishing Group today announced a partnership to create a series of affordable, high quality interactive textbooks in college-level science. The digital textbook, Principles of Biology, is a $49 high quality “digital reinvention of the textbook,” that can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone, or printed out.
The Financial Times noted that “The transition from an ownership model to an access model is already upending the music and film businesses, and Nature believes textbooks could be next.” Vikram Savkar, director of publishing at Nature, told the Financial Times that “This product wasn’t originally conceived for print, then repurposed for digital…that means we’ve designed it to capitalise on what digital can do that text cannot do.”
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