Digital Textbooks: Roundup of Today’s Apple iBooks 2 News and Announcements

Posted on January 19, 2012 by

Very Impressive Live Coverage of Apple Event from The Verge (each post with an image).

  • What’s New With Books 2 App? (via the App Store)
    • Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
    • iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
    • Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
    • Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textboot
    • Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
    • Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the pageThe iBookstore offers textbooks on Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, and Physics from McGraw-Hill and Pearson.
    • These textbooks are currently available to customers in the United States. Textbooks from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are coming soon.

Fast Facts

  • A New Category “Textbooks” Now the iBooks Bookstore. Books cost $14.99 or less (As of today, there are only seven textbooks for $14.99 each as well as  free download of Life on Earth.
  • “The books range in size from about 750MB to nearly 3GB for the Biology textbook — a full set would take up most of a 16GB iPad’s storage.” (via The Verge)
  • Apple has been working with Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity Foundation, and DK Publishing

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