Google eyes August for Play Textbooks launch
- Google announced today at its Android and Chrome event in San Francisco that it will launch a Google Play textbook service in August.
- The tech giant has partnered with Pearson, Wiley, Macmillan Higher Education, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning for the service's launch, which will provide a "comprehensive selection" of the publishers' textbooks.
- Students will be able to purchase or rent the textbooks for use on their Android devices or on the web, but prices have yet to be announced.
From the article:
... The only thing Google would say is that it expect books to rent and sell for an 80 percent discount compared to regular retail prices (which tend to be very high).
One thing that’s also not clear is how publishers will author books for this service and how much interactivity there will be. ...
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