High school books now available on the iPad.
They may not be re-inventing it, but Apple’s latest efforts into a new industry just might revitalize it. At least, we (sincerely) hope so.
During a press meet in New York today, Apple released iBooks 2, which now comes packed with textbooks ranging from subjects like Algebra, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc. The books are optimized for a tablet-layout, with visuals and interactive elements embed for easy learning. Like any textbook, the iBook versions will also have Q&A sections and important questions. The books will also have a highlighting system that automatically coverts selected texts into study cards and piles them up neatly for quick viewing.
The textbooks are mainly from High School and will be available at $14.99 or less. McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have already partnered up with the bookstore. And considering Apple’s popularity, and reach, it should be brimming with textbooks in no time.
Apple also released an app called iBooks Author. The app will allow creation of textbooks and make it simple with drag and drop functionalities, widgets, organization tools and templates. The app is available on the Mac App Store.
Finally, a new iTunes U version was released as well, allowing students to take classes directly from their iPad. The app will enable teachers to share lectures, notes and other study material from the tablet. The app was available to universities only, but is now avalable from KG and up.