[02]Interactive Textbook Platform – Inkling

Inkling – Interactive digital textbook platform


Location: San Francisco, CA

Notable apps: Inkling (Free)

Platforms: iPad only

Specialty genres: Education

Company size: 35 people

Short description of company: Inkling is building a platform for interactive learning content. Backed by Sequoia capital, the company is changing the way interactive experiences are created for multitouch devices like iPad. The company partners with major publishers like John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to create interactive content experiences that go far beyond the printed book.

설립자는 2009년 Matt Maclnnis,  Apple에서 veterant,  iPhone이 처음 시작될때 Mitosis라는 조그만 Cell Division 어플리케이션을 만들었고, 이에 대해서 고등학생 혹은 대학생들에게 갈채를 받았다고 한다.

이를 계기로 이 회사는 고등교육 교과서 시장에 진입하기로 결정하고 아이패드를 기반으로 한 다가올 미래의 학습환경의 변화를 주도하기로 했다고 한다.

Matt는 Rich social interaction and beautiful imagery app을 항상 만들기 위해 노력하고 있으며 이 플랫폼이 Media Convergence의  중요한 역할을 할수 있는 경험의 플랫폼으로 확장하고자 한다.  Media Convergence를 만들어 가는 이 플랫폼은  Resources를 바탕으로 개발되어진다면K-12영역 뿐만 아니라 Higher Educaiton / Life Long Division에도 상당한 영향을 미치리라 판단된다.


The iPad Software Development Kit, which gave developers the tools to build software for the iPad, was released less than ten months ago. Since then, we’ve worked diligently to build our vision for the structure and presentation of learning content on multitouch devices.

Admittedly, it would have been much easier if we’d taken the existing outputs of the print publication process (i.e., PDFs, EPUB, and the like), shoehorned them onto an iPad, and called it the future of digital textbooks. But this would have been a rendition of the past, rather than a vision for the future. We wanted to take advantage of an entirely new medium and the freedom of a fresh start, technologically speaking, to build something fundamentally better.




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