Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hong Kong > E-textbook Subsidy Mooted

May 7 2012  > To encourage non-profit-making publishers to develop electronic textbooks, the Government has proposed a scheme to provide them with seeding grants, Secretary for Education Michael Suen says

Briefing the media today, Mr Suen said e-textbooks could be a desirable alternative to highly priced printed textbooks as their cost is 20% to 50% lower. The Government should also play a more pro-active role in promoting the use of  e-textbooks to diversify the market and address the current textbook-market monopoly, he noted.


The Government proposes to earmark $50 million to launch the scheme, which would help non-profit making organisations to develop at least 12 e-textbooks sets, Mr Suen said.


About 50 primary and secondary schools will use the e-textbooks on a trial basis, he said. The Government will help the partner schools to upgrade their IT facilities where necessary.


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