Why digital textbooks
Leveraging technology to provide inclusive access for all
Providing unrestricted access to current generation textbooks has many challenges that digital technology is well-equipped to solve. With Imano™, this technology will finally become available to educators in developing markets where international digital distributors have yet to go.
Hardcopy textbooks are notoriously expensive, but become even more so when they need to be shipped to, and distributed in, the relatively distant and under-provisioned markets of the developing world.
By providing access to digital alternatives, Imano™ is able to cut the cost of learning materials by up to 80% for students - a huge step towards making education affordable for all.
Distribution of academic textbooks is extremely limited in Africa. Most universities are forced to re-use (and often share) outdated material because new versions are unaffordable, unavailable, or insufficient in quantity for all students and staff.
Digital textbooks are not only more affordable and accessible through Imano™, they are also unlimited in quantity and easy to update as new versions are released. This means African universities no longer have to rely on whatever physical textbooks are available – they can access the same, cutting-edge material as their international counterparts.
Physical textbooks have little room to accommodate learners with special needs. Digital textbooks, on the other hand, have several accessibility benefits, including easy portability, customisable text size and even text-to-speech potential.
Studies have shown physical textbooks have an average carbon footprint of 9.0 pounds of Co²e per student, per course. They also add directly to waste burdens when they become obsolete.
Digital textbooks, on the other hand, have a lower carbon footprint and produce no waste. Students can update, upgrade or delete their libraries without adding a single page to their local landfill.