Inkling brings textbooks to Apple’s iPad, wins funding from Sequoia

By Frank Michael Russell

frussell@mercurynews.com

Posted: 08/20/2010 09:43:09 AM PDT

Updated: 08/20/2010 09:02:39 PM PDT
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San Francisco startup Inkling’s app puts biology and other college… ( Courtesy of Inkling )

Inkling, a San Francisco startup that provides college textbooks for the iPad, on Friday released its app for Apple’s mobile device and said it received funding in a round led by Menlo Park venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed, but a company statement said Kapor Capital, Sherpalo Ventures and Felicis Ventures also participated.

“Inkling has produced a groundbreaking platform for interactive content publishing in a market that’s primed for innovation,” Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier said in the news release. Schreier and former Netscape Chief Financial Officer Peter Currie joined Inkling’s board of directors.

Inkling, founded in 2009, is putting titles from publishers Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill and Wolters Kluwer on the iPad. Unlike printed textbooks, Inkling’s app will include features such as multimedia and allow classmates to share notes.

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