When I got my first tablet a few years back, it had Zinio Reader, a free application that allows users to download various publications for offline viewing. I rarely had time to read magazines when I was on my tablet, so I eventually discontinued using it and deleted the applications.
This past week, I decided to revisit Zinio. I downloaded the reader and registered my account. I discovered what I probably should have realized three years ago – Zinio allows readers to digitally annotate (ink on a tablet) by highlighting and putting notes on text. Zinio Labs also has their “Digital Classics” library. There are versions available in Mac and Windows. There’s also an iPhone version. McGraw-Hill has some textbooks available using Zinio as well. Here’s an example of the reader window with annotations.
I just emailed Zinio a request about classroom publication. This could be a very “clean” way to upload content for classroom use and student annotation. I’d also be curious about various formats of textbooks available – beyond the McGraw Hill publications. There are numerous magazines available for purchase, but I saw limited student content.