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Apple offers 10-pack iPad bundles for educational use

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Fri March 19, 2010

iPad discounts range from $20 to $40 per device

Apple has begun offering 10-pack iPad bundles for educational institutions, with a modest discount for quantity purchases. Each package includes ten iPads paired with USB-to-Dock Connector cables and power adapters, while a single set of documentation is shipped with each order.

The 10-packs reduce the price of each iPad by $20 for hardware-only purchases, with a $40 savings when AppleCare coverage is added to each device. The company is currently only offering Wi-Fi-enabled iPads through the education stores, including 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models.

Individual iPads carry the standard retail pricing through Apple's educational program.

Several recent reports suggest textbook publishers have already begun converting textbooks for the iPad platform. Several companies are also working on apps that provide additional interactive content such as quizzes, study guides, and test-prep materials.[via MacRumors]




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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Sweet...

    Now Apple is starting to make some sense. Schools absolutely must have iPads and purchase a MacMini server for good measure. I know it's not a huge discount but every little bit helps.

  1. kstaple

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Education is where it is at!

    It has been my firm belief all along, as the father of a college student, that the true market for the iPad was education. The possibility of having ALL of one's textbooks loaded on one device would be a no brainer for most college students'. I need to wait and see if they will have features that my daughter talks about. Like being able to highlight portions of texts and tagging the page so the information is easy to find and study. It would also be nice if they can annotate notes on the page or at least mark that more info is linked to the subject matter.

    Not having to lug around 20 lbs of books is something any student would love. Of course, this is just my opinion bit I think this is where Apple can really lock of the textbook market.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    true but...

    your comment is true kstaple, but the iPad will be much more enticing to steal than a text book. Many parents will be pissed when they have to pay $500 to replace an iPad their kid lost or got mugged for.

  1. kcmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    comment title

    so because something is alluring, you would say it would be best off to not have it at all.....

  1. KanMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    so if I pay at least $800-$1000 dollars

    each year for textbooks for my kids ( which I have for 2 kids the last 4 years) I think I'd rather take the chances with the iPad. Hopefully the companies wouldn't gouge the electronic texbook prices also.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Steal...

    If they know who has access to them, you would get caught.

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: Sweet

    Schools absolutely must have iPads and purchase a MacMini server for good measure. I know it's not a huge discount but every little bit helps.

    Why "MUST" they have iPads? What exactly are you running on the iPad that makes it a must have for schools? Or is it like the iPod touch? "We've got to hand them out because, well, it seems like the thing to do!"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    textbooks

    so if I pay at least $800-$1000 dollars each year for textbooks for my kids ( which I have for 2 kids the last 4 years) I think I'd rather take the chances with the iPad. Hopefully the companies wouldn't gouge the electronic texbook prices also.


    So you know why textbooks cost $50-$100-$200 each? It isn't publication costs. It's the authorship, editing, verification, peer review, etc, etc , etc. As such, they are NOT going to be selling electronic textbooks at half price. So you'll be paying $1200 for the iPads (you wouldn't limit your kids to just wifi, would you?), then still pay another $600-$800 a year for the textbooks.

    Of course, it will be so much better if Apple releases a reader app for the Mac and PC, so people who want electrnoic versions are forced into buying yet another $500+ device, when they've already got a capable computer.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    textbook cost

    BTW, it could easily be argued that the publishers should charge more, not less, for the electronic version of the textbooks. Just like the MacBook Air (which people like because of it's lightness), electronic books give you so much more than the paper version. First, no lugging around a back-breaking collection of books every day. Second, more capabilities with what you can do with the content. Being able to search the book content itself is a killer feature, no having to flip through a book trying to remember where you read that passage you're looking for. Add to that adding your own notes throughout, highlighting, bookmarking, hyperlinking would be sweet. The possibilities are endless.

    As such, the cost could be even higher (and yet worth it).

    But I'm sure if any publisher dared dream of doing this, they'd get blasted for gouging customers, how it doesn't cost anything to make the electronic copy, yada-yada-yada, what 'they' always say when the price isn't dirt cheap.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Testudo Wrote:

    "electronic books give you so much more than the paper version."

    I've never had a paper & ink book crash while I was studying late into the night before a test. The iPad will open dozens of new possibilities!

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