News Corp digital education unit Amplify has a new English and language arts curriculum aimed at middle-school students.Astoundingly, the program is completely digital and only costs schools $45 per year per student. To give an idea of how much that is, U.S. states spend an average of nearly $12,000 a year per student to educate, feed and care for them.The curriculum, which includes a library of 300 ebooks, may have been precipitated in part by the adoption of most states of the “common core” educational standards. (Common core explained here.)More. To get all the ebook and digital publishing news you need every day in your inbox at 8:00 AM, sign up for the DBW Daily today!The rest of the day’s top news:Getting Serious About Reader Experiences (DBW) Scholastic has hired a c-level executive to head up “experience” at the company. Heather McIntosh Cassano previously held the position of chief experience officer at Pearson. She will report to the CEO and she will lead the company’s user-experience designers.Pearson Profits Off Penguin (Pub Lunch) In its 2013 report, Pearson lists a £202 million gain on its “sale” of Penguin. The company also warned of lower profits and revenues next year.Bundling Ebooks (PW) Video …read more

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