BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple has been in negotiations with McGraw-Hill to bring e-textbooks to Apple’s rumored tablet device. Negotiations also include McGraw-Hill’s Connect web-based learning system. Apple’s talks with McGraw-Hill cover how the two companies can market textbooks for the tablet and ways their software development teams can collaborate to publish digital textbooks and […]
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Apple and McGraw-Hill Working Together to Bring Textbooks to the Tablet?

McGrawHill_logo.jpgBusinessWeek is reporting that Apple has been in negotiations with McGraw-Hill to bring e-textbooks to Apple’s rumored tablet device. Negotiations also include McGraw-Hill’s Connect web-based learning system.

Apple’s talks with McGraw-Hill cover how the two companies can market textbooks for the tablet and ways their software development teams can collaborate to publish digital textbooks and educational content on Apple’s latest device, two people say. “The talks are as much about marketing as they are about software development,” says one of the people involved in the discussions.

Apple and McGraw-Hill have reportedly been in negotiations for a year. Also worth noting is that McGraw-Hill is a partner in CourseSmart, an e-textbook company that has brought vast amounts of content to the iPhone and iPod touch. They have also demoed how they believe such content could work on an hypothetical Apple tablet.

Now, McGraw-Hill’s Connect feature, was developed from the collaboration with Apple on e-textbooks. Connect allows students to read textbooks, watch video, and complete assignments, while allowing instructors to issue assignments and tests.

This ties in nicely with earlier reports that Apple was in discussions with HarperCollins and other content publishers for some time.

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