HALF of all pupils starting secondary school in two years’ time will be using eBooks as the classroom goes digital, writes Breda Heffernan.
Book publishers Folens yesterday unveiled its first range of eBooks which will
be available to download by students on all digital platforms, including Android, Apple and Windows.
The Folens App, which is free to download, will have 26 Junior Cert and 16 Leaving Cert titles which will be available to buy in June. More books will be added on an on-going basis and trial chapters are now available for downloading.
The eBooks will be on average 15 to 20pc cheaper to purchase than traditional textbooks.
However, Folens said this reduction could be more if the Government closed a loophole whereby textbooks were exempt from VAT but digital education material was not.
The publisher said the new app was developed following demand from parents, teachers and students and after a pilot study carried out last year in a selection of schools received a great response.
Irish Independent ~ April 24. 2012