The new government seems to be taking credit for making an app to download these PDFs.
Step 3: Better learning and quality students
Step 4: ?
Step 5: Profit.
Trite, I know, but I feel this follows a similar argument to the one given for electric cars:
Right now, individual ecars don't help the environment because we still have inefficient sources of electricity. But, if everyone has an ecar, we would see huge increases in efficiency when we upgrade our power stations to green energy. 1 wind power station could affect 1000s of car drivers.
So if everyone has access to these books, an upgrade of the book could have a positive effect for millions of students..
Also, the article mentions that NCERT books were available for month and a half. Which is false. NCERT books have been available for free for years, they just also made them available on a few e-book formats a month or so ago, in addition to already available PDF. Cheap headline grab.
All CBSE books that they can publish that are not NCERT is an almost empty set.
Thank you for the information.
I wish they would put the source online as well, with instructions on how to build it (preferably using Free/Open Source software). Now that would be a bold and groundbreaking move.
HTML can do animations, lots of graphics, etc., but sometimes struggles with math. PDF (from LaTeX) does a great job at math but making it do executable things is tough.
We still have a ways to go before online computer/math texts are seemless, but we are on our way.