December 5, 2020

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

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

Demos and Coverage

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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