Anyway, hey Meister, I don't remember seeing you since the "meltdown" thread. Have missed your contributions. Hope you stick around a while. (and there is also the chance I have just been missing posts, I am pretty on and off here myself)
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Being focused on education also brings up another point. If these iPads are going to be furnished/loaned by schools, there is no need for them to be cross-platform. Schools wouldn't let you pick which tablet you wanted …they would buy the one tablet that suited their needs. It's easier for IT to manage when you just have one type of computer to deal with, and you get discounts for buying in bulk.
Schools are simply looking for a solution. They aren't worried about platform diversity. They want teachers to be able to say "use two fingers and swipe down" and not have to follow it up with instructions for multiple devices. This way, the technology disappears into the background and you are simply left with "Textbook's 2.0"
In Apple's eye "Textbooks 2.0" isn't a file format. It's an iPad with neatly displayed knowledge on it. There is no reason why Amazon couldn't create a competing product. They could just as easily make a set of tools that creates textbooks for the Kindle Fire. Then schools would have the option to go with Amazon, or to stick with Apple. They have a high bar to jump though...
. I remember when there were millions of eMacs in schools too. Then one by one, they had to get rid of their eMacs!
Yes and No
It really depends on the schools budgets, most buy computers on a 5 year cycle, like the schools here. I now notice for elementary schools are still all Mac, high school is a mix of Macs and PCs - college I would see most student with Mac laptops, all over the campus, however depending on class or subject.
Yes; At one time schools budgets was so bad they could buy 3 Dells for the price of 1 eMac. They went that route to get more for the dollar, the schools quickly found out that PCs cost more on the support end then what it saved them up front.
For example: Engineering or accounting would be all PC Graphics , arts , Music was all Macs.
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One other problem is that the the iBooks format is somewehere in between epub2 and epub3, a newer format, which hasn't been widely adopted yet.
"ePub 3 covers most of the interaction stuff in iBooks. It's a little disappointing that Apple hasn't adopted it yet. There's not a single e-reader that supports it yet, and Apple could have really accelerated adoption of the standard," said Disabato. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/0...rmat-issues.ars
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Hey lanovami! Thanks for missing.
Life happened. Google+ came. I had a rather busy work schedule for a while and also dividing my internet time between Facebook, Google+, Twitter, a forum here a forum there, mountainbiking and playing basketball and so on. I'll be sticking around again, I've just tended to go AWOL every now and then from here.
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