Apple to offer high school books priced at $14.99 or less

High School

Apple has announced iBooks 2 at their education event in New York and to kick things off in the iBookStore will be high school books. Partnering with such providers as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -- Apple has laid out their pricing plans for high school books. Starting free and moving upward to $14.99, high school books will be available for one-click purchase, always updated and students get to keep their copy.

Apple has noted they will be working with additional partners as they go along to help broaden the range of available books, but the selection within the iBookStore is already starting to fill up even with available offerings.

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Apple to offer high school books priced at $14.99 or less

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I'm hoping this will be expanded to college textbooks. Schools pay for the books in high school, while the cost is passed on to students in college. It's exorbitant, especially when the resale value plummets because a professor requires a new edition.

Not all High Schools pay for their student textbooks... I'm not sure where you got that information from.

I'm not sure why you think cost will be less. These textbooks have to be updated, filled with video, interactive features, etc. Then there's Apple taking their 30% cut (an assumption..haven't heard otherwise).
This 15.00 or lower is high school. Schools, for the most part, will be buying these. Traditionally, they pay closer to 70 for a paper textbook, give it out to students, then reuse them the next year and so on. In contrast, the ibook approach is 15 per student per year.
Example. 5 students over 5 years, a school needs 5 books @70 a piece. 350. In the ibook world, the school needs 25 ibook textbooks @15 or 525 over 5 years.
So yep, good deal for publishers. Good deal for apple. I really doubt college texts will be like this. Expect the same costs as traditional texts.

I hope they do something similar for college text books. If it stays high school books, it's all but useless. Unless high school has changed dramatically since I graduated, most kids aren't paying for their books. The schools are buying the books through various taxes and lending them out to the students every year. What incentive is there for a student's parent to buy them a $400+ iPad, and then shell out $15 per book every year? Step this up to college, though, and it's a massive game changer.

I could see schools buying some sort of redemption code at a lower price to give to students, thus, it's still brin paid by taxes, and the schools are able to make sure that all students are getting equal opportunities within the classroom.
My only question is are schools now going to be supplying the iPad or are children going to be "required" to have one? I couldn't see most public schools putting that on the back to school shopping lists between pens, pencils and paper...

Apple didn't seem to comment much on any subsidizing and they're not exactly a company known for giving things away. I think they plan on marketing ipads to replace computer budgets schools already have along with their textbook budget.
One ipad does all..
The biggest worry to me from a cost standpoint (if i'm a school district or state) is retraining teachers or other costs associated from changing systems.

Wait! How are they making kids in High School pay for books!!??!!
i can understand for college. after all i thought it was itunes "U" not itunes "HS." But one more way for education to be skewed towards the wealthy. I hope this is a misunderstanding and any textbook designed for highschool will only be paid for by a school district cause you don't want text books to be only available to the rich.

@Cardfan
The schools will be receiving volume purchase accounts it states on Apple website.
I am impressed by this system and feel Apple has truly hit a home run in the tablet world today. Their 80% market share is about to increase rather than erode I believe.

Cardfan "Example. 5 students over 5 years, a school needs 5 books @70 a piece. 350. In the ibook world, the school needs 25 ibook textbooks @15 or 525 over 5 years."
So the volume discounts erode the difference to a negligible amount. Easily outweighed by the other benefits if the iPad method is a bit more.
And we don't know that a $70 textbook is $15 to start anyway because $15 is the maximum price not necessarily the average price.

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