That’s a point I never thought about. Storage space on iPads is limited, and the price of the iPad goes up a lot as you get units with more memory. Chris Maxcer makes this point in an article in MaNewsWorld:
E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth, however, is free — at least, a preview and a sample chapter is free. Good enough for me. I downloaded all 965 MB of it, and this is only for a partial e-book. One of the other e-books, Pearson’s Biology, boasts a print length of 1,791 pages and a digital size of 2.77 GB.
If Apple really wants to replace heavy textbook-laden backpacks on small children with iPads loaded with digital textbooks, the company better ditch its low-end 16 GB iPad 2 models pronto and cram some more storage into them. Do the math, and your average school kid might have to choose to leave some digital textbooks home on their PCs — and that’s even if they deleted Infinity Blade first!
I know that on my 16G iPad I don’t have room for this sort of thing. Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.