Apple launched their iBooks 2 initiative today at their education-focused media event in New York. This is an update to iBooks which pushes for interactive textbooks from a number of major publishers that Apple has partnered with. Here is how Apple has described iBooks 2: Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks. – Experience […]
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Apple Introduces iBooks 2 with Interactive Textbooks

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Apple launched their iBooks 2 initiative today at their education-focused media event in New York. This is an update to iBooks which pushes for interactive textbooks from a number of major publishers that Apple has partnered with. Here is how Apple has described iBooks 2:

Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks.

– Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
– iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
– Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
– Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textbook
– Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
– Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the page

Some of Apple’s early textbooks partners include McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; the same three companies responsible for 90% of textbook sales in the United States. McGraw-Hill and Pearson are launching a few introductory titles starting today, and more well on their way.

Apple is starting with high school textbooks which will be priced at $14.99 or less. This allows authors to continually edit the content of the book, and students get to keep the books they purchased forever.

You can get iBooks 2 in the App Store for free, or as an update to the iBooks app you already have installed.

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