App-based Pearson + subscription service announced for digital textbooks
Pearson, one of the leading textbook publishers in the United States, announced a subscription service called Pearson + for digital textbooks. Users will be able to take advantage of the subscription service through the Pearson + app. It is said to be arriving on college campuses in the United States this fall, with a global rollout planned as well. The Pearson + app will be available on mobile as well as desktop and offers two packages with different benefits. Pearson says this service “will fundamentally change the way students access and experience academic textbooks.”
Pearson announced the Pearson + service late last week, and it’s basically a subscription plan for digital textbooks (or eTexts, as Pearson calls its offerings). Much like with OTT platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, and others, Pearson + will require a monthly payment to access its library of books digitally. There are two tiers – Single and Multi – priced at $ 9.99 (around Rs. 750) per month and $ 14.99 (around Rs. 1,100) per month respectively. The single level provides access to one Pearson digital textbook at a time while the multiple level provides access to the comprehensive library of over 1,500 electronic texts.
The Pearson + app gives students access to all books on mobile and desktop and offers features such as flashcards, note-taking capability, practice questions, and one-to-one discounts. The app also comes with an audio player for audio versions of eTexts and offline access. Fonts and backgrounds can also be customized. There is also 24/7 live student support. The app is already available on the App Store and Google Play.
According to a report, the Pearson + app will be available on US college campuses starting this fall and is expected to be available worldwide in the future. With the Pearson + app and subscription service, the publisher claims the carbon footprint is only 20% of traditional printed textbooks. The publisher also adds that as it learns more about student needs and preferences, Pearson + will get additional features and content that are planned for a future release.
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