iPad app looks to make text books more interactive

August 26, 2010 6:16:20 AM PDT
A new app could mean lighter backpacks for college students this fall.

The app is called Inkling. It's used on the iPad, and it's looking to replace textbooks by making them more interactive. For example, a student could highlight a piece of text in his iPad, and other students or professors could comment on it.

"One of the really neat features is the ability to actually have a conversation with your classmates or your professor. So if you all have the same textbook open on your iPad and your professor takes a note, all the students will see that note. In the same respect, people can take notes that they share with other classmates," said NY Times product tester Nick Bilton.

The app also lets students buy the section of a textbook they need, instead of spending much more on the whole book.


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