One of the main frustrations with the digital textbook market is the lack of penetration in public schools at the elementary and secondary level. While the convenience and affordability of digital texts have been available in higher education institutions for some time, it is the tax funded public schools who are still waiting for the benefits that come from digital adoption.
Now, digital content provider to libraries and schools OverDrive has inked a partnership with Pearson to provide the company’s eTexts to its partner academic and public school library members.
“Providing students, parents and community members digital access to our instructional materials in schools, colleges and public libraries around the world is one more way that Pearson is ensuring that all learners can achieve the results they need to be ready for college or careers,” said Larry Singer, Managing Director of Pearson’s School group, in a press release.
Some of the titles that will now be available through this partnership include Prentice Hall United States History, Prentice Hall Economics, enVisionMATH Common Core, myWorld Social Studies K-5, Writing Coach, Interactive Science K-8, AP* French, along with other textbook titles.
“Enabling student access to digital textbooks continues to be a priority for OverDrive,” said Don Fabricant, Chief Sales Officer and General Manager for Education at OverDrive. “Pearson is a leading provider of educational titles, and this partnership represents a significant advancement in eBook materials for educators and students.”
This program will come as a welcome relief to schools who are already struggling to provide up-to-date material in a cost effective way to K-12 students.