With Inkling, Kno, and Coursesmart all having gotten out of selling digital textbooks to students, you’d think that a company as smart as Google would think twice about entering the market. But you would be wrong.
Google went against the flow today, and expanded their digital textbook efforts to Canada . College students in Canada can now take advantage of Google’s high prices and difficult to use apps.
The textbooks are available via the Google Play Books apps for iOS, Android, and via the website. According to Google, students can “instantly search within a textbook for a particular word or phrase, bookmark chapters and pages, highlight and annotate key passages and get quick access to dictionaries, translation tools, Wikipedia and Google search.”
The search engine giant has been selling and renting digital textbooks out of Google Play Books since August 2013, and so far as I know this is the first time that Google has expanded the service outside of the US. And on a related note, I’ve checked and it appears that Google has not expanded the service to any additional countries.