The addition of the “plus” sign has been used by several companies for the extension of their services. We have Disney+, Apple TV Plus, and ESPN+ among others. But Pearson+ is quite different as it is designed for students to access digital college textbooks. Continue reading to see the details of the said service.
Education is something that everyone prioritizes. And one must prepare themselves for the pressure, time, and effort needed. On the more practical side, any college student will tell you the essence of college textbooks to them. With the advancement of technology, education was also transformed from the traditional printed books to digital textbooks or e-books.
Pearson+ For Digital Textbooks
Pearson is the largest provider of college textbooks in the U.S. This textbook giant is based in London and started to shift from printed books to digital in 2019. In line with this, the company announced their newest service through an app called Pearson+. It is a new subscription service providing digital textbooks to students.
This application will be available on both mobile and desktop this coming fall. Students from US college campuses will be the first to try this subscription service. But it is expected to be available globally soon.
Users may choose between two subscription tiers. First is the $9.99 per month subscription which allows student to access one textbook at a time. But for full access, you can also opt for a $14.99 per month subscription. The 2nd plan gives access to Pearson+ full library consisting of over 1500 textbooks. Aside from textbooks, users can also find other materials such as flashcards, annotations, and customizable fonts.
Is It Worth It?
Every college student needs textbooks as reference and a requirement. This makes college textbooks a big expense and may cost hundreds of dollars each semester. As pointed out by Pearson CEO Andy Bird in a post by TheVerge, the subscription is a money-saving action. That is because an average cost of a digital textbook is “anywhere from $40 or $50 to over a couple hundred dollars”. Comparatively, eight months of the 2nd subscription tier will still allow a student to save some money.
On the other hand, digital textbooks and subscription services like this also have its advantages. One, digital textbooks cannot be sold compared to a physical book. Which is in connection to the money students get to save in buying used ones. Also, the subscription platform does not have a permanent price all throughout. It may increase its price just like with other platforms such a Netflix and Spotify.
The company is not the first publisher to try offering easier access to digital textbooks. Cengage Unlimited, which costs $69.99 for four months, experienced legal problems with authors of the used textbooks. To avoid this, Pearson assures users that it has settled agreements with authors claiming that no similar issue may arise in the future.
Pearson+ claimed to offer the “most flexible and budget friendly” access to digital textbooks. It is clearly what students need: convenience and affordability. Still, it may sound like a perfect way, but certain issues like unavailable textbooks or involvement of college professors should still be considered. But surely, this app is a way to promote learning amid the digital era.