According to some sources, Apple has had talks with McGraw-Hill, Hearst Corp., and Hachette Book Group about potential content for the Apple tablet. The talks with Hearst were focused on offering magazine content on the tablet, and the talks with McGraw-Hill were geared towards offering electronic textbooks on the tablet, according to anonymous sources. Another anonymous source said that the talks with Hachette involved discussion about e-books.
The tablet, which is to be announced this week, is expected to have e-reader capabilities and therefore offer competition to Amazon’s Kindle. McGraw-Hill, Hearst, and Hachette have all declined to officially comment about the alleged talks, but an official at the publisher John Wiley & Sons has said that his company did hold talks with Apple. He declined to comment specifically about the tablet.
Apple has been interested in educational content for some time now. Apple products are very popular at universities, and Apple has offered education discounts to students and faculty for years.
Via BusinessWeek, image via Coated.