New iPad textbooks will feature database integration, notetaking, interactive content
Apple is set to dive headfirst into the education marketplace with Thursday's introduction of iBooks 2 for the iPad, which textbook manufacturers say will result in the "reinvention the textbook."
The computing giant teamed with major textbook publishers such as
New e-textbooks will feature movies, integration with databases such as
"These are beautiful books. Interactive, gorgeous, fun, engaging," Schiller said at the announcement event.
Bethlam Forsa, executive vice president of product development at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says the company has many of its hardcopy textbooks in development for iPad release before the beginning of next school year. The company already has released some of its high school math books for the iPad, but Forsa says the new iBooks will increase the level of interactivity of e-textbooks.
"iBooks have been fairly unengaging products," she says. With the new iBooks, companies are "able to take advantage of the interactivity of the device. It's a reinvention of the textbook."
Apple also announced iBooks Author, a publishing app that will allow users to create their own books on the iPad using built-in templates, along with a series of new online courses created by universities such as Duke,
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