Core Group has announce that ZABooks, a South African textbook app, will launch towards at the end of January 2013. The app will include textbooks from local publishers, making the content relevant for the South African curriculum.
The iPad is the most widely used tablet for school tablet programmes currently rolled out in South Africa, and the app addresses a major gap in the utility of the device for South African schools.
Core Group has released the following specifications for the app:
ZABooks will be a stand alone app, separate from iBooks ZABooks which has been developed in partnership with all the key local education textbook publishers.
At launch, ZABooks will have 400 textbooks pertaining to the South African curriculum, more content will be added post launch.
ZABooks will have textbooks that range from Grade 1 to Grade 12 for both public and private schools
ZABooks will allow for a variety of interactive features including bookmarking, annotation, highlighting of key content as well as “freehand”” writing and note taking.
The ZABooks App will be free and exact textbook pricing will be
determined by the individual publishers
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