Textbook Publishers go all in with the iPad
Suddenly, going to school seems a heck of a lot more appealing after Apple’s big announcement yesterday; Apple is going to be a whole lot more Book Friendly. The announcement brought about a new way of teaching (or reading) with the help of apps such as iBooks 2, iBooks Author and iTunes U. Apple went all in, teaming up with large publishers such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (names which sound incredibly familiar to me from University) to bring you all the latest contest direct to your iPad thanks to the deal struck by Apple.
iBooks 2 brings about the latest books, bundles in with iteractive 3D models, videos, and other features which are all designed to get students more interested, involved and focused with their studies. Highlighting notes and turning them into flashcards has never been as easy as it is in 2012.
At launch, every book currently published by the publishers above should be available to students for download with prices starting at $14.99 and down; fairly decent since hardcover books can run you up to $100 and up. Frankly we feel this is a great move by Apple to get even more involved in the educational field by teaming up with large publishers to bring students books are lower prices. All books can be downloaded directly from iTunes, but we think School Book Stores will try to get involved somehow to bring digital downloads to students.
iBooks can be downloaded here, and it’s free so give it a try if you don’t already have it (it also has access to non educational books like a book store, online!).