Simon & Schuster joins Hachette and Random House in going after the elementary, middle and high-school ebook market.
The large publisher has launched pilots with four educational book distributors — Booksource, Follett, Mackin Educational Resources and Perma-Bound — to sell ebooks into pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across the U.S.
In August, Hachette and Random House both formed partnerships with Follett to sell into the same market.
More children are using tablet devices for in-classroom learning, often reading educational texts — which are sometimes trade books — on those devices. According to a new report from Digital Book World and PlayCollective, a firm that studies the interactions between children and technology, laptops and desktops are still the most popular form factor for children to read ebooks in the classroom, followed by the Kindle Fire and then the iPad.
Related: Back to School in an E-Reading World: Volume 2 of The ABCs of Kids and Ebooks

[Press Release]
SIMON & SCHUSTER LAUNCHES PILOT PROGRAM WITH FOUR LEADING EDUCATIONAL DISTRIBUTORS TO BRING EBOOKS TO CLASSROOMS NATIONWIDE
Simon & Schuster, Inc., today announced a pilot program that would make available as digital editions a specially selected collection of its most popular and award-winning PK-12 books for school classrooms nationwide. The publishing house …read more

Via: Digital Book World