Apple Reinvents Textbooks


Apple has released a brand new app today in the App Store, called iBooks 2, for iPad featuring iBook textbooks.

iBook textbooks is bringing us a new way of reading, as it offers fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos. Highly dynamic content that you can engage with just a tap or a swipe of your finger. It will enhance education as it offers interactive learning, note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards.

Education services companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver titles on the iBookstore with most priced at $14.99 or less.

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world…” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Along iBook textbooks, iBook Author is available at the Apple App Store as a free download. It provides Mac users with the option to create their own textbooks and publish them to the Apple’s iBookstore and it doesn’t matter if you are a big author/publisher or an average Joe. By simply dragging and dropping text and images to Apple-designed templates, you can easily create your own textbook.

Furthermore, an all-new iTunes U app is available for free, as of today, and it gives teachers and students everything they need to teach/take entire courses.

This app can make studying more interactive, effective and fun, but in schools were the iPad is available for everyone to use from teachers to students. And that’s not a lot of schools.