At a live media event in New York City, the Cupertino-based giant, Apple, revealed a new textbook experience for the iPad by reinventing iBooks, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive.
The new service, called iBooks 2, is intended to help make textbooks more interactive and searchable, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of product marketing, said today at event in New York. More than 1.5 million iPads are being used for educational purposes, he said.
The company aiming to revitalize the U.S. education market and quicken the adoption of its market-leading iPad. The company also is launching a revamped version of iTunes U, for online courses, opening the service to K-12 teachers.
Books created for iBooks 2 can have all manner of media attached, complete with multitouch capabilities. The company listed numerous ways in which iBooks 2 authors can create engaging content for students, including multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback within the text, the ability to make notes and highlights that can be found in a single location as note cards or sprinkled throughout the text, ways to explore embedded graphics and 3D animations, full-motion movies, and more.
The new books will be available for purchase in the iBookstore directly for $14.99. iBooks Author – now on the Mac App Store; and iTunes U (also available as a free download from the iTunes App Store today), now available as a native app for students and teachers.