Schools Shift From Textbooks To Tablets

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2013)--Traditional ink-and-paper textbooks are giving way to iPads or similar handheld tablets in the nation’s schools, which means publishers can update students' books almost instantly.

Schools are eyeing the devices as a way to sustain students' interest and keep per-pupil costs down.

In coming years, more of these programs may be the norm.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has suggested replacing textbooks with tablets, and Los Angeles also is starting the shift.

Even smaller schools are looking to move to digital textbooks or give them to students as a reward.

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