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Apple Launches iBooks 2 Textbooks for iPad: Now Anyone Can Be An Author

     

engine

5:18 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Apple Launches iBooks 2 Textbooks for iPad: Now Anyone Can Be An Author [apple.com]
Apple today announced iBooks 2 for iPad, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that's dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don't weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac can create stunning iBooks textbooks.

“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. “Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Store™.

J_RaD

6:32 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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oh great, now the same people that babble on blogs can now write books! *ugh*

Panthro

6:52 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)



Guess we'll have to wait to see if this shakes up the student text book racket at all.

dkap

6:55 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)



If it pans out, this could quickly lay to rest the question of whether tablets are truly good for anything.

Dan

seoskunk

7:58 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ah I love the ipad its great for viewing content. So let anyone become an author. Excellent stuff

dkap

8:11 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)



I would point out that there's already roughly zero entry to becoming an author now with eBooks and print-on-demand publishing, so this doesn't really change anything other than making it easier to get into text book authoring. But, it's still up to professors and schools which books to select, so amateurish garbage will never be picked up in the first place.

Dan

J_RaD

12:39 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If it pans out, this could quickly lay to rest the question of whether tablets are truly good for anything.


but what is better for reading........ eink? even color eink.

apple is trying to push apple, but is that really the best solution for this?

dkap

1:54 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)



"apple is trying to push apple, but is that really the best solution for this?"

What else are they going to push?

Like with every other recent apple product, they'll test the waters, gain market share ... and numerous other companies will come along and do it equally well for much less $$$. There's room for everyone in the sandbox.

Dan

Sgt_Kickaxe

6:37 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Now Anyone Can Be An Author


No, they can't, so by that statement this product is selling false promises.

Keeping stock prices high would be a more plausible reason to add this to the "product arsenal". I think I'll be keeping the safety on my wallet arsenal on this one.

vik_c

5:16 pm on Jan 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Apple makes it very difficult for people to sell books on their store. People need a tax id. This is especially cumbersome for non US citizens who have to go through a lot of red tape to get an ITIN. The other option is to offer the book free.

hippodog

8:53 pm on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The real magic of iBooks Author is that it lets you make interactive books. It is well suited for making text books but provides some interesting possibilities for other type of interactive books.
 

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