Apple iBooks 2 for iPad featuring 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, and 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,” Apple revealed.
“The free ‘iBooks 2 app’ available from the App Store features include: ‘gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos,’ and 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,” Apple writes.
Adding, “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.”
And, the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available from Mac App Store, let 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 stated.
Also, announced a new “iTunes U app” that lets teachers create and manage courses including essential components such as lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses and offer them to millions of iOS users around the world on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
iTunes U has already become an incredibly popular learning tool for students with “over 700 million downloads,” revealed Apple.
iTunes U app bring along with “over 20,000 education apps” 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. And, it also gives iOS users access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and starting today any K-12 school district can offer full courses through the iTunes U app.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s svp of Worldwide Marketing, also revealed “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.”
Apple is also allowing course material that users have created with iBooks Author to be used as part of tuition-based courses outside of the iBookstore. As for iTunes U, publishers must already have an iTunes U website or sign up here before distributing their books through the new “iTunes U” app.
Apple also clarified that books will be published directly through iTunes Connect: “You can sign up to publish your books directly using iTunes Connect. To sign up to sell your books on the iBookstore, complete the application and download iTunes Producer. Books can also be made available for free on the iBookstore,” Apple said.
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