Apple reinvents textbooks with iBooks 2 for iPad

Telecom Lead Team:

Apple has launched iBooks 2 for iPad, featuring iBooks textbooks that offer
iPad users fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos,
videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

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, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available, anyone
with a Mac can create iBooks textbooks.

is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet.
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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new
iBooks 2 app is available as a free download from the App Store. With support
for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D
objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app 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.

Author is also available as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets
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 today
also announced an all-new iTunes U app giving educators and students everything
they need on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to teach and take entire
courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the
world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000
education apps at their fingertips 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.

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