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Inkling Habitat’s media-rich e-book platform is now free for all
February 12, 2013 | 5:26 pm

The news, released today, that the San Francisco-based Inkling has decided to give away for free its "collaborative digital publishing environment" known as Inkling Habitat was probably the e-publishing community's most eyebrow-raising story of the week thus far. As Laura Hazard Owen wrote today for Paid Content, the company "has spent three years and $30 million to build Habitat, a cloud-based set of digital publishing tools that let users create and collaborate on high-quality, interactive ebooks." That sounds like fairly exciting stuff. Although if Inking Habitat actually manages to get itself off the proverbial ground over the next few months with any sort...

Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store
November 3, 2012 | 5:45 pm

inkling logo Not wanting to be outdone by South Korea and others, which mandated the use of digital textbooks by 2015, earlier this year the FCC and the Department of Education released the Digital Textbook Playbook to help accelerate digital textbook adoption among American schools. According to a recent report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), it’s not a matter of if this transition will happen, but when. Since its launch in 2009, Inkling has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for the iPad. Initially focused on higher education, this year Inkling has been...

Three online tools to produce ebooks in-house – Part 1
June 29, 2012 | 9:40 am

Screen Shot 2012 06 29 at 9 30 55 AM That's the title of an article in Martin Taylor's ereport: One of the challenges ebook publishers face is poor ebook production tools. The tools that are out there are usually aimed at techies. When Apple introduced iBooks Author  earlier this year — an authoring environment that is powerful, supports rich media, and is very user-friendly — it brought this issue into stark relief. But there’s good news on the horizon as lots of companies jump into this vacuum. Adobe is the big one, but there are lots of start-ups too, many in an interesting new category: online ebook production tools. I’ll take a look at three online applications that...

Inkling expands beyond iOS with HTML5 web-based e-textbook reading app
May 31, 2012 | 12:07 am

isolated laptopWe previously reported that Inkling was launching a free e-book publishing platform in competition to Apple’s more restricted iBook Author, and that it was partnering with Follett in an e-textbook program. Up to this point, the utility of Inkling has been a bit limited in that access to its textbooks was restricted to its iOS app, meaning students had to have iPads to make use of the content and couldn’t use it in anything else. But now TechCrunch reports that Inkling has just unveiled an HTML 5.0 web application that can allow any Inkling e-textbook to be viewed on...

Follett and Inkling partner to give more digital textbook access
May 16, 2012 | 9:27 am

Store logo large From the press release: This fall, students at colleges and universities with bookstores managed by Follett Higher Education Group will have another digital textbook option. Follett and Inkling Systems, Inc. today announced a partnership to offer Inkling's enhanced, interactive digital textbooks through the more than 900 college stores operated by Follett as well as online via efollett.com®. Inkling's interactive textbooks will be available to Follett students through any Web browser and also on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  Inkling titles include numerous features such as video, interactive assessments, animation, music, slideshows and 3D models. Follett's partnership will also give students the option of purchasing the entire Inkling...

Inkling launches free ebook publishing platform
February 14, 2012 | 10:32 am

Store logo large Direct competition to Apple's new program - without the restrictions.  From Paid Content: Startup iPad publisher Inkling is launching a free, cloud-based, interactive e-book publishing platform, Inkling Habitat. That may sounds a bit like iBooks Author, but a preview of the program suggests that it is indeed as Inkling describes it—a program for professional publishers producing e-books at scale, and a way to make a very expensive process more affordable. “Apple … spent a year and a half to build eight textbooks,” Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis said. “In two years, we’ve built 200.” Inkling Habitat is available immediately to a “select group of...

Inkling ventures into cookbooks
October 26, 2011 | 9:36 am

2307434 75 From Goodereader: On Friday the company is set to release The Professional Chef, the official textbook of the Culinary Institute of America. You might have heard about the institute via many late night ads addressing you to get a higher education. Anna normally lays it down at the end trying to get you to signup for information. The book they are releasing also goes by the name Pro Chef. It is assigned to all students when they sign up in the program and a fair number of other culinary schools. On Inkling, people can buy individual...

Digital textbook company Inkling announces more investors
August 3, 2011 | 11:18 am

Inkling, which develops digital textbooks for the iPad, has been around for a couple of years now, but this year its been steadily building up steam (or at least cash) as it prepares to dramatically expand its offerings this fall. Earlier this year it secured funding from Pearson and McGraw-Hill, and today it announced a second round of funding from several investors. Inkling's approach is to augment textbooks with interactive, social, and annotation features, then sell them by the chapter for $3 each. The approach may or may not be cheaper--CEO Matt MacInnis says it can end up costing a...

Inkling etextbook publisher gets major investment
March 23, 2011 | 9:17 am

Screen shot 2011 03 23 at 9 16 46 AM Inkling is a publisher of etextbooks that makes interactive textbooks for the iPad.  According to the NY Times both McGraw-Hill and Pearson are making investments in the company.  Total amounts were not disclosed. Pearson will make two dozen of its textbooks available and McGraw-Hill will add its top 100 college titles and some medical and reference books.  Inkling hopes to have 100 textbooks available by the fall. More info in this NY Times Bits article.  ...

McGraw-Hill’s iPad-enhanced ebooks by Inkling
February 24, 2011 | 10:33 am

Tip of the hat to Password Incorrect....

Review of Inkling for the iPad: “etextbook reading done right”
September 10, 2010 | 1:35 am

Screen shot 2010-09-09 at 4.40.20 PM.pngAdaptive Path has looked and Inkling and they like what they see a lot. Here's a snippet. Much more at the website. An exciting new iPad app called Inkling has recently come to the App Store. Inkling is a beautiful textbook reader with a built-in bookstore. It’s simple to search, annotate content, and browse by chapter and section. You can even subscribe to friends’ annotations and see them alongside your own! Best of all, the interaction is fluid and perfectly suited for the iPad. The end-to-end user experience has been meticulously thought through – the whole app reeks...