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Inkling – books for iPad and Web platforms

Here at Aspire we have been reading up and delving deeper into the world of iPad/Tablet publishing. We have already used the Adobe Digital Publishing Platform (DPS for short), along with Apple’s iBook Author software. We thought it was time for us to examine Inkling along with the benefits and draw backs of the platform.

Inkling was started in 2009 by an ex-Apple employee called Matt MacInnis, initially for iPad, but now also for any device running a modern web browser such as Safari or Google Chrome. Inkling is a platform for publishing textbooks/books which is very similar to Apple’s own iBook Author software.

The advantage to Inkling is that it works across multiple platforms (in a browser) and also includes social media integration/conversation, quiz with feedback and 3D objects – as features.

Two major publishers have invested large sums of cash into Inking last year – Pearson and McGraw-Hill.

So far 9 publishers have signed up with Inkling – Wiley, O’Reilly, Pearson, Wolters Kluwer, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier, Cengage Learning, Thieme and W. W. Norton. Aptara and Innodata are also working with Inkling on new titles.

Inkling annoucned their author solution for the platform in February this year called Habitat. You have to request an invite on their early adopter page to be able to create your own books. They have taken a different approach to Adobe and Apple and created an entirely HTML 5 based authoring solution. We would love to get our hands on it to test it out.

Overall they have quite a solid foundation in terms of support from major publishers in the education world. It will be very interesting to see how Inkling performs against the colossal Adobe and Apple.

See the Inkling Website for more information:

Textbook within a browser: 

Video showcasing Inkling:


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Posted by on June 15th, 2012

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