Apple Launches iBooks 2 with e-Textbooks & new iTunes U

Apple held a press event earlier today, in New York City, that was centered around education. During the event Apple unveiled iBooks 2 with their addition of electronic textbooks for purchase. The new Apple book-stand will now include education related content for all those aspiring scholars. Apple has partners with some big names in textbook making that include Pearson, McGraw Hill, DK, E.O. Wilson Foundation, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download within the Apple App Store. Most titles will be priced at $14.99 or less. A new feature called iBooks Author, a free authoring tool, will allow any Mac user the ability to create iBook textbooks and publish them to the iBookstore.

The content supported will include fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, photos, and videos. Students will be able to experience interactive textbooks with just a tap or swipe of their finger. Physical textbooks make be looking at their eventual demise with the on-screen one stop access to edit highlights, note taking, searching, definitions and with the cost most likely being minimal for textbook makers, as compared to what hard copy books must cost to make and ship, we could expect to see lower costs.

Apple also unveiled their new iTunes U app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that will allow students and teachers access to the world’s largest library of free educational content and over 20,000 education related applications. The iTunes U app is also available today as a free download.

[spoiler]Apple Reinvents Textbooks with iBooks 2 for iPad
New iBooks Author Lets Anyone Create Stunning iBooks Textbooks

NEW YORK-January 19, 2012-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™. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before.

iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touch™ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects.

Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000 education apps at their fingertips and hundreds of thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum, such as novels for English or Social Studies.* The iTunes U app is available today as a free download from the App Store.

*Some content is available only for iPad.

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