Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple's iBooks 2 interactive textbooks will change schools

SAN DIEGO. Apple introduced iBooks 2, an updated e-book software for iOS devices. iBooks 2 is designed to present interactive textbooks for elementary and high school students using iPads. Apple has partnered with three companies currently holding 90% share of textbook sales in the United States: McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The interactive textbooks, iBooks, cost $14.99 or less, contain videos, animations and search features. Authors will be abe to update the content, and the students are entitled to keep the books indefinitely. Apple's iPad is a better-selling product than its iPhone, Mac personal computer, and iPod music player.

iBooks 2 download is available for free from the App Store, available as an update to the existing iBooks app. The new iTunes 10.5.3 version supports syncing with the new interactive iBooks textbooks.