Apple have just finished their educational event in New York and with that we now know for sure the iBooks 2 has been launched. This now includes a new Textbook category, that you can view here. The entire point of the update is to bring the iPad more into the classroom.
“Authors are going to love to use iBooks Create to create not only textbooks, but any kind of book”, Schiller explained today.
It also supports Microsoft Word format and the app is clever enough to automatically create sections and headers and lay out the pages automagically when you drop a Word document onto the chapter.
Apple has announced that initially senior school textbooks through partners Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be available through the new iBookstore textbooks category. Books will start at $14.99, Apple expressed that the three partners announced today currently produce 90% of the textbooks available.
Publisher, McGraw Hill is releasing the following books used by over three million students today: Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry and Physics.
Pearson will be releasing Algebra 1, Biology, Environmental Science, and Geometry (only two available today), with math books to be released in the future. Its books are currently used by about four millions worldwide.
Apple will also be working with DK Publishing who will be releasing four new books aimed at younger children on the iBookstore today. Those include: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric life, Natural History Insects, Natural History Animals, and My First ABC.
It will be very interesting to see if some UK publishers, or others even, join Apple so that the British students can also follow their curriculum this way, we’re sure this is something that Apple will be working on.
The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
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