350,000 iBooks Textbooks Downloaded in 3 Days

With the launch launch of iBooks 2, which gets a new section for digital textbooks and iBooks Author, which allows content creators to create multi-touch books for iPad last week, Apple hopes to reinvent textbooks.

According to initial reports, things seem to have started off quite well for Apple. AllThingsD reports that according to Trip Chowdhry – an analyst at Global Equities Research, iPad users in the U.S. downloaded approximately 350,000 iBooks Textbooks from the iBookstore over the first three days of availability.

If the numbers are to be believed, Apple’s digital textbooks seems to have caught the fancy of content creators as well as according to Chowdhry, iBooks Author was downloaded more than 90,000 users from the Mac App Store.

According to Global Equities Research, the supply chain markup on textbooks ranges between 33 percent and 35 percent. So there are savings to be had in cutting out that publisher-to-distributor-to-wholesaler-to-retailer process.

Add to this the lower cost of iBook production, which the research outfit estimates to be 80 percent less than print publication — and a system under which textbooks are sold directly to students, who use them for a year, rather than to schools which keep the texts for an average of five years — and the math here starts to looks pretty good. 

The analyst believes that “this could be the recipe for Apple’s success in the textbook industry”.

Though iBooks 2 and iBooks Author have received positive reviews from experts, iBooks Author’s EULA, which states that books created through the tool can be sold only through the iBookstore, has sparked a controversy.

Have you downloaded any of the digital textbook’s available in iBooks? Let us know your views about them in the comments.

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  • Would rather download an e-book for free than pay for this in the ibooks store.. that’s coming from a college student who don’t have all the $$$ in the world, nor an iPad.

    • Dee

      Well once more publishers get their textbooks digitalized, wouldn’t you just need to figure out how to rove the drm on these digital textbooks and then just open them up on your computer like any old ebook?

  • Paradox

    As a user for the last 8 month or so of ebooks for all my textbooks There is a problem with your thinking.

    While there are many many ebooks out there, all ready pirated, let me a sure you with the vast number of textbooks available to educators makes finding the exact text book you need difficult to impossible. I searched for many of my text books, and only found one optional reference material. There are plenty of links suggesting ebookee, or usenet sources, but no real solid links. This may change in the future, but at the moment textbook piracy has not made it mainstream. Surprisingly, it seems the textbook publishers have done a better job of nailing links than the other industries.

    I will be curious what kind of protection iBook provides from ripping books directly.

    Right now I have used print to pdf to copy “rental” ebooks for future use. But even then, there is lines inserted every few paragraphs that chew up any form of OCR. So .. files are very big compared to the original.

    All that aside, ebooks definitely are the future. As a nursing student, I carry a complete library to clinical with me. Fellow students may carry one or two reference books with them before their backs are breaking, or they don’t have the desk space to work.