Just this past Thursday, we were talking about e-readers for school kids. An article in MacNewsWorld addresses some of the comments that were made here on Straight From Hel. What would the iTablet have that other e-readers don’t?
Basically, multimedia books instead of simple text-based e-books, multimedia magazines instead of print mags, lush and rich electronic content rather than the cramped and stripped-down content you can currently get on an iPhone or iPod touch.Besides taking a weight off kids’ backs, how would they benefit from the iTablet?
Meanwhile, students would have something more useful -- searchable text, handy-cut-and-paste snippet tools, multimedia, and up-to-date information.What about magazines and newspapers? According to the Huffington Post,
Apple has been negotiating with major print media companies to acquire content for the new device, Gizmodo reports, including the New York Times, McGraw Hill, and Oberlin Press.ComputerWorld seems to believe that this new iTablet, whenever it appears, will be more than just an e-reader.
"It's more than just an e-reader," said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research who follows Apple's moves. "It's an application platform, it's a game and social gaming platform. It certainly will be an e-reader, that will be part of its ecosystem, but that won't be all it is."With all this hype and speculation, you (and me, as well) may be wondering what the price will be. ComputerWorld is guessing between $500 and $800.