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Google Play will soon have Textbook purchases and rentals

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Google Play will soon have Textbook purchases and rentals
Google has been slowly working its way into education recently. It has been making a push into schools with Chromebooks, and announced Google Play for Education at I/O this year, which will bring educational apps to schools. Now, Google has announced that it will be bringing textbooks to Google Play.

Google Play will soon have Textbook purchases and rentals
Textbooks will first be made available in Google Play in August, just in time for the start of the new school year. Textbooks will be available from all five major publishers: Pearson, Wiley, Macmillan Higher Education, McGraw-Hill, and Cengage Learning. As yet, it is unclear exactly what books will be made available. 

It is also unclear what the pricing will be, but Google has promised that textbooks will feature a discount of "up to 80%" compared to the traditionally ludicrous textbook pricing. And, even better, Google will also be offering a rental option which will let you use the book for 6 months at a reduced cost. 

source: IntoMobile

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:29 3

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow that is actually REALLY, REALLY useful. I really like the whole textbook thing!!!

Kudos to Google on that!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 17:45

7. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


And Google didnt coerce the publishers into raising their prices! Idrc tho. I just torrent my textbooks. Fahk paying $200 for a book to use for three months just to find out a new edition was released and no one will buy it back.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:32 1

2. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Wow!!! now thats good news. The renting option more specifically. it reminds me of college where you could get used books via renting them at a discount price and returned them after the semester was over. This kept cost to the student body down and help make college a little bit more affordable. if this is like that then I have to say to Google well done. with chrome-books now becoming to be the defacto standard in schools this is great news.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:52 4

3. cR203 (Posts: 176; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I love the textbook idea. Its brilliant. As a college student I really look forward to this.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:56 3

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I remember paying $170.00 to $380.00 for just one textbook in college. Man I wish the Google Play Store existed in the early 2000's while I was in college. lol

+1

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:59 3

5. cR203 (Posts: 176; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I'm an engineering major so my textbooks are even more expensive. Last semester I spent $1500 buying just 5 books.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:11 2

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well everything now compared to 14 years ago in general is more expensive. lol

I am totally with you though!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 17:48

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yeah like tuition. I pay 12k a semester not including books, supplies, food etc. Actuaries kill engineers btw

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 21:12

9. Bfrenz (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Its awesome. Good work Google.

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