Elementary and high school students will now be able to access Apple's new version of its iBooks software for interactive textbooks on iPads.
They will cost $15 or less. Schools will be able to buy the books for its students and issue redemption codes to them.
Major textbook publishers have been making electronic versions of their products for years. Until recently, there hasn't been any hardware suitable to display the books, so e-textbooks have had little impact. PCs are too expensive and cumbersome to be good e-book machines for students. Dedicated e-book readers like the Kindle have small screens and can't display color.