Will Apple’s next iPod help e-books reach the big time? There’s a real chance that it could, if industry speculation can be believed.
It’s widely expected that the new iPod, whenever it comes out, will have a much larger screen than the current model—a screen big enough to display several paragraphs’ worth of text, perhaps. And now Engadget reports that at least one major publishing house is archiving all of its manuscripts and sending them over to Apple.
It seems unlikely that a book-reading feature will have skeptics rushing to reconsider the iPod’s value as a learning tool. But receptive professors—like those at Duke University and Georgia College and State University—may find an iPod that embraces e-books to be even more useful than its predecessors. —Brock Read