Having tried the iPad, I'm still not convinced it will ever replace the Netbook. However, there is one function that makes the Apple slate a must-have for studies. Reading PDF files and textbooks is so much easier on the device, thanks to the screen orientation and spiffy resizing functions.
Inkling, a tech start-up founded by former Apple employee Matt Mac Innis, hopes to bring learning to a new level with interactive college textbooks. If a picture speaks a thousand words, then being able to watch concepts unfold in videos must surely be encyclopedic.
The first four titles, in collaboration with McGraw-Hill, are now available via the Inkling app. The application is free, but the books--McGraw-Hill best-sellers in biology, economics, marketing, psychology--are now selling at an introductory price of $2.99 per chapter or $69.99 for the entire volume. Subsequent textbooks are expected to cost $3.99 per chapter or $84.99 per book.
(Source: Crave Asia via Wall Street Journal)