Oxford University Press has showcased Korean startup Iportfolio’s digital textbook technology ‘Spindle Books’ at BETT(British Education and Training Technology) 2013, the world’s largest digital education expo in London. The company recently partnered with Oxford University Press in a major deal which will see the company’s e-book supplied to over 50 countries worldwide.
The expo is in its 29th year and is attended by over 30,000 people over four days, making it nearly twice the size of the US’s ISTE(International Society for Technology in Education) event.
The event features IT companies introducing education based services and products including Samsung Electronics, Google and Intel. Digital textbooks were on display for the world’s leading publishers Oxford University Press and Pearson.
This included a digital version of the best-selling ‘English Headway’ textbooks, which was shown using Iportfolio’s technology. Through one year of comparative reviews, Oxford selected Spindle Books as its core digital textbook technology and entered into a contract with Iportfolio last month. The fact that a startup formed only two years ago signed a deal with Oxford Press that has a history of 534 years, received a lot of attention.
CEO Seong-yoon Kim who was in the UK visiting the expo said,