Towards the end of last year I atteneded the annual Core Apple in Education Awards, which was held at Montecasino. At that event it was announced that the Core Group would be launching an iPad app in early 2013, which would allow access to a number of Textbooks for Primary & Secondary education.
Well, today the official launch of the ZABooks iPad app (iTunes link – FREE) was held in Joburg. The app looks fantastic and comes with over 600 textbooks available for purchase at launch. The app is only available in the South African iTunes app store though :(
You can register on the ZABooks website, and browse the wide variety of textbooks that will be available to purchase. Once you have paid for the textbook it will be available in the iPad app. You can also sketch & take notes in the app once the book has been downloaded.
This is a fantastic initiative by Core, and it shows the way education is moving. I really think this will be a huge success, and can’t wait to see my kids using this ! There is also huge discounts available to schools who buy bulk licenses for the books !
I also did a couple of comparisons with some of the books to see the prices compared to the print publishers, and there is sometimes up to a 50% difference ! As an example this book, Study & Master Mathematics Learner’s Book Grade 1, for Grade 1 maths is R51.95 from the publisher (Cambridge University Press) and is R23.96 from ZABooks !
From the Info Doc (Download the Full Info Doc)
ZA Books is a digital book store and iPad app that provides South African schools access to curriculum- relevant textbooks, for use by their learners, straight on an iPad.
The ZA Books store has partnered with top South African publishers to offer an online platform for a wide range of curriculum-approved, quality textbooks as well as popular books for learners’ reading pleasure. The ZA Books makes it possible to carry all your books on a single device. This app and an iPad is all a learner needs for the journey through their school career.
ZA Books is brought to to you by Core Group. Core Group is the Value Added Distributor (VAD) for Apple in Sub-Saharan Africa and provides a full range of value added services to ensure support for the Apple product experience.
Have you managed to download the app and purchase any books ? What do you think ? Leave a comment below !