Inkling, a multimedia publishing platform specializing in interactive textbook content for the iPad, has reached an agreement with Follett Higher Education Group to distribute Inkling digital textbooks through the more than 900 college bookstores it operates. Inkling’s interactive texts will also be available online through efollett.com, Follet’s online textbook retail channel.
Inkling textbooks can be used in any Apple device and the company claims that through the use of Inkling Habitat, the company’s multimedia publishing platform, its textbooks can be ported to other operating systems. Inkling textbooks have a wide range of interactive features with animated 3D model, self-assessment quizzes, video and audio content and social network functionality that allows students to create online real-time study and discussion groups.
Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett, said, “through our partnership with Inkling, we continue to deliver on our mission to provide students with the widest selection of affordable course material options. Inkling’s new browser-based platform also allows us to continue our focus on providing students digital content on a variety of devices to give students better access to the materials they need to succeed.”
Inkling has agreements with such publishers as Pearson and McGraw-Hill to use their content. Also, looking to cut the cost of textbooks, Inkling offers “Pick 3” an option that allows a student purchase the complete Inkling textbook or three chapters at a reduced cost. Inkling textbooks are among about 35,000 titles offered by Follett.