Inkling is a San Francisco based start-up and has been cutting its teeth with various iOS exclusives in the form of magazines. The company has announced that they are branching out and making a cookbook app.
On Friday the company is set to release The Professional Chef, the official textbook of the Culinary Institute of America. You might have heard about the institute via many late night ads addressing you to get a higher education. Anna normally lays it down at the end trying to get you to signup for information.
The book they are releasing also goes by the name Pro Chef. It is assigned to all students when they sign up in the program and a fair number of other culinary schools.
On Inkling, people can buy individual chapters of the book for $2.99 (there are 36 chapters in all) or the entire text for $49.99. Pro Chef on Inkling also has extra multimedia content including 100+ high-definition video tutorials of such techniques as how to slice cabbage or debone a lamb leg, which is really helpful if you aren’t actually attending a culinary school in real life.
The educational market is poised to make great leaps as more private schools gravitate towards digital textbooks to have current information and spend less money. The Colege text market is currently valued at over five billion dollars. Companies like KNO are steadfast in seeing the industry grow and offer innovative applications.
Although Inkling will not shake off its roots so easy and will continue to develop interactive versions of mainstream textbooks and sell them to students, this is simply a lark to see how the private schoools accept it.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.