Google Play will soon have Textbook purchases and rentals

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.

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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9 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

3. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

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

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

5. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

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

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well everything now compared to 14 years ago in general is more expensive. lol I am totally with you though!

8. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

9. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Its awesome. Good work Google.

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