Irish Textbooks Going Into the Cloud
Computing giant Microsoft is joining forces with textbook giant CJ Fallon to bring Irish school textbooks online. The textbooks will be available to students via Cloud computing. The initiative will allow CJ Fallon to offer its Irish school textbooks through Cloud computing on the Windows Azure Programme. Microsoft Ireland states that this will help to save up to 25% of the cost over traditional textbooks for parents.
The deal will permit Fallon's e-books to be viewed through its own e-reader that will be available for free through Fallon's website.
The two businesses anticipate that the e-books will be available to schools and their teachers and students at the beginning of next school year. Microsoft says that the cloud-based textbooks will permit teachers easier lesson planning and is instrumental to the move in Ireland to have its education system online.
In a statement, CJ Fallon's CEO, Brian Gilsenan stated "We hope this platform will be beneficial for teachers, students and parents alike."
Microsoft is eager to be a part of Ireland's move for an online education system which will help reduce the country's education expenses. According to Microsoft Ireland's Consumer Channels Group Director, Orla Sheridan "this is a great initiative and a great use of Microsoft Windows Azure Programme. Successful indigenous companies will be at the heart of Ireland's economic recovery."