Apple “reinvents the textbook” with iBooks 2

Apple “reinvents the textbook” with iBooks 2At a launch event in New York’s awesome Guggenheim Museum, Apple has lifted the lid on the successor to iBooks – the appropriately titled iBooks 2.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, was keen to emphasise the educational value of iBooks 2. It certainly wasn’t like this in my day. God, I’m old.

Much has been made of the educational benefits of the iPad. There are already over 20,000 education and learning apps available from the App Store, and – in all seriousness – iBooks 2 sounds pretty freakin’ impressive.

"We love books. They'll always be with us,” mused Phil. “But fast forward more than a few hundred years, and it's not hard to see that the textbook is not always the ideal learning tool.

"I am extremely proud to tell you about the new iBooks 2. Kids are really going to love to learn with iBooks."

Essentially, Apple will offer e-textbooks with illustrations, animations, quizzes, study cards and interactive content. Definitions won't simply include text; they’ll have photos and even videos. Take that, Kindle.

iBooks 2 is available now, for free from the App Store. Of course, you’ll have to fork out for content, and iOS 4.2 is a minimum requirement. The iPad seems to be the focus, but iBooks 2 is also compatible with your iPhone and iPod touch.

via: Engadget

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blizzard7  Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:31

Sounds a bit dodgy to me. How much is it going to cost for a school to buy 30 iPads per classroom, then the insurance for them and then however many hundreds of book licenses they'll need to make it worthwhile? Sorry but the education budget is squeezed enough before this.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:52

Sounds a bit dodgy to me. How much is it going to cost for a school to buy 30 iPads per classroom, then the insurance for them and then however many hundreds of book licenses they'll need to make it worthwhile? Sorry but the education budget is squeezed enough before this.

ironic...
I'm "dealing" in schoolbooks, and you would think your argument is correct. Sadly, it isn't.
The schoolbook sector is one of the most wasteful, most corrupt and most environmentally unsound sectors of,... well, of all of them.

It may seem bizarre to suggest iPads of all things are a cheaper alternative. But if you consider all costs, middlemen etc etc etc - it is a step in the right direction.

MDrX  Jan. 20, 2012 at 12:57

Titles are already available in iTunes, priced at an attractive $14.99 and below

That makes it worthwhile. Some text books are stupidly expensive and can only been bought used by some students in the hope they they, too, can sell them on when they're done.

Treab  Jan. 20, 2012 at 12:59

God, I’m old.

lewis. we knew ;)

and to blizzard mate.

seriously textbooks are a massive expense so if this ipad app can reduce the price per book by say half the ipad would probably be paid for in its first year..

blizzard7  Jan. 20, 2012 at 13:10

I'll remain skeptical because I've already experienced the whole "Price was set by the publisher" nonsense on Kindle which just feels like a big price fixing scam. I was looking at a book on Kindle about 6 months ago that was £3.49. Then it went to £4.99, then £5.99, now it's £7.19.

Even if the books are half the price, you'd have to consider the extra costs required for the setting up some sort of thief-proof security (my old secondary school had a trolley of 40 laptops stolen from a metal cage), then the cost of the inevitable breakages, and everyone knows that IT class is a doss because there's just so much you can do on any piece of tech. You'll have to have a class of angels to actually get work done (_;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 20, 2012 at 13:56

Here in Ireland a typical family with 2 kids in primary school and 1 kid in college pays in excess of €1000.00 for 1 (!!!) term!
Publishers annualy change 2 pages and the cover and call it a new "edition" thus making it impossible for parents to buy 2nd hand.
Third level books are €40-120 a pop...
Blizz, of course, Amazon etc are price-fixing. But you have a different isue when books are not a choice for entertainment.
Schoolbook publishers have guaranteed "bestsellers" on their hands... It's not like the novel market where for 1 sold book 100 are pulped.
2 different issues entirely.

catherton  Jan. 20, 2012 at 13:58

That'd be a laugh, the whole school trying to update their ipad to OS 5.0, 8 times I've tried & still it fails - useless

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 20, 2012 at 14:16

That'd be a laugh, the whole school trying to update their ipad to OS 5.0, 8 times I've tried & still it fails - useless??????????????????? C'mon, that IS not an argument.


Also, I believe it's okay to think "beyond" iPad. It is the idea that counts. Just look at the array of Tablets around, all inspired by the iPad's succes, all heavily discounted within months...


No, I believe the potential is there.

catherton  Jan. 20, 2012 at 15:00

That'd be a laugh, the whole school trying to update their ipad to OS 5.0, 8 times I've tried & still it fails - useless??????????????????? C'mon, that IS not an argument.


Also, I believe it's okay to think "beyond" iPad. It is the idea that counts. Just look at the array of Tablets around, all inspired by the iPad's succes, all heavily discounted within months...


No, I believe the potential is there.


It wasn't meant to be an argument, I'll leave that to the likes of you, It was a comment on how difficult Apple products can be to use and update, Is that OK?

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 20, 2012 at 15:03

I don't see is as viable alternative unless prices go down. Textbook go, on average, around $100 and their digital versions are only a few dollars cheaper. I don't see how this is saving money.

On the other hand, one can pirate textbooks just as easy as music. It seems that students more concerned with games, music and movies instead of textbooks. Schools and universities going for best sellers makes only easier to find a digital copy. And don't tell me about morality of not paying for books. Of everything being pirated this is definitely least questionable category. Moreover, as history suggests all famous writers were poor.

Unless Apple significantly changes landscape of digital copies I don't see prices going down.

Treab  Jan. 20, 2012 at 15:25

That'd be a laugh, the whole school trying to update their ipad to OS 5.0, 8 times I've tried & still it fails - useless??????????????????? C'mon, that IS not an argument.


Also, I believe it's okay to think "beyond" iPad. It is the idea that counts. Just look at the array of Tablets around, all inspired by the iPad's succes, all heavily discounted within months...


No, I believe the potential is there.


It wasn't meant to be an argument, I'll leave that to the likes of you, It was a comment on how difficult Apple products can be to use and update, Is that OK?


how difficult apple products can be to use and update...

No-one mention android, windows, linux, windows phone 7.5, meego, symbian or any other form of os cause if ios is hard to 'use' he will struggle...

blizzard7  Jan. 20, 2012 at 15:31


Unless Apple significantly changes landscape of digital copies I don't see prices going down.


You only have to look at iTunes to see how Apple has to bend over backwards to satisfy publishers anyway. The £0.79 price point died a looooong time ago.

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