Those who were following the rumors of a huge announcement by Apple diving into the etextbook market were not disappointed today. Apple announcement partnerships with three major US textbook publishers – Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to offer etextbooks in iBooks format. It was accompanied by the announcement of iBooks 2, which is enhanced by development tools by:
“Apple has also launched a free desktop app called iBooks Author, which allows publishers to add visuals, interactive elements and HTML5 widgets to their books.”
- iBooks 2 available for free in app store TODAY
- you can write code, build your own gadgets, and embed them right into books
- high school textbooks priced $14.99 or less
- integrated with iTunes U
Some verrrry cool stuff, so be sure to check it out. Remember a world without iPods? Maybe this is the next jump.
*Special shout out to our very own James Gayhart for the cool links!