[Athen] Textbook publishers strike deals to bring content to Apple iPad

Shelley Haven ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Wed Feb 3 01:53:01 PST 2010

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple and major textbook
publishers have struck deals to bring content to the iPad using the
technology of ScrollMotion, developer of the iPhone app Iceberg
Reader. Here are some quotes from the two articles, with links below:

"The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that major
textbook publishers have struck deals with Apple to bring their
content to the iPad. According to the report, textbook publishers will
rely on the technology of ScrollMotion, which already has experience
developing such content for the iPhone."

"According to the article, ScrollMotion would take files provided by
publishers and adapt them to fit on the iPad platform - adding
enhancements such as search, dictionaries, glossaries, interactive
quizzes, and page numbers. Expanded features could include video,
highlightable text, lecture recording, and note taking."

I didn't find anything on Iceberg Reader accessibility or
functionality with Voiceover, but it's interesting to note that text
in the reader is selectable -- you can copy and paste it. However,
this the following blog entry in Special Education Today indicates
that, as with the Kindle, publishers can turn off that feature. But
at least the capability is already there.

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
Shelley at TechPotential.net

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