One of the major events that occurred at the Manila Book Fair was a local book publisher announcing a new Android device. Diwa Learning Systems is trying to take advantage of the digital book boom with its new Yopad.
Brian Belen, executive director of Diwa, said the China-made tablet computer will be available in the coming school year 2013-2014. The device is expected to be sold for “less than P10,000” as a stand-alone unit, according to Belen. The 7-inch tablet will come pre-packaged with Diwa’s digital content, such as Genyo e-learning and e-textbooks. Any school using this tablet will have to pay an additional amount to cover the cost of the e-textbooks.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve 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. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.