Pearson moves to create “The Netflix of Education”

August 21, 2018

The 174-year-old company Pearson has announced that it will provide what commentators have dubbed an “all-you-can-eat” subscription version of textbook purchasing. Under this model, a student would pay a set rate per semester and gain unlimited access to new copies of the latest books provided by the publisher. Forbes magazine reports that the platform “will be highly scalable, global in nature, high-quality, and one that can deliver all of their experiences around the world to millions of learners.” Yet critics like Matt Reed have pointed out the limitations of the service, such as the fact that it will only provide access to Pearson-published materials, and therein might give undue incentive to faculty to use Pearson-published books in order to maximize the value of a subscription. Forbes | Inside Higher Ed