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Inkling Turns Your iPad Into a Textbook: The D9 Demo (Video)

Tablets and textbooks are a natural fit, which is why so many companies are scrambling to get into the market.

Inkling is well positioned in several ways: It has millions in funding from top-tier venture firms, as well as contracts with some of the biggest textbook publishers. The fact that CEO Matt MacInnis is a former Apple executive doesn’t hurt, either.

MacInnis showed off his e-books at the D9 conference this month. He only has a couple dozen titles right now, but promises there will be many more by the time schools start again in the fall.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work