Coming Next Month: Google Will Launch Google Play Textbooks, Partners With 5 Major Textbook Publishers
At its Android and Chrome event in San Francisco today, Google announced that it is bringing textbooks to the Google Play store so students will be able to purchase and rent their textbooks for their Android devices and for reading on the web.
The company has partnered with five major textbook publishers to launch this service. These partners are Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. Google says it will have a “comprehensive selection” of textbooks from these publishers in the store that will cover subjects like law, math and accounting, but it did not announce exact numbers.
Pricing for textbook purchases/rentals and how much publishers will see for each book purchased/rented was not provided by Google.
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Google is promising that they’ll be available [the e-textbooks] at discounts of up to 80 percent. Textbooks purchased through Google Play will be able to sync across Android devices, and can also be accessed on the web and through iOS. (via The Verge)
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