Some features of Apple iBooks2:
- A new section for textbooks
- You can purchase, download, redownload
- 'My Notes' helps create study cards easily
- Swipe your finger to highlight sections of text
- Real-time glossary definitions
- Easy integration with Word documents
- Drop images onto pages, and text re-formats automatically
"Authors are going to love to use iBooks Create to create not only textbooks, but any kind of book."
"The iBooks 2 is an application that you download from the App Store to your iPad, and it's free."
"iBooks Author has the world's best glossary creation tool." - just highlight a word, click a button, and it's added..."If you've ever been involved in any kind of e-book creation project before you know this is a total miracle in terms of time savings."
"So that's iBooks Author. It is the most advanced, most powerful and yet most fun interactive authoring tool yet created."
About pricing -- "We wanted to make sure we could get this into the hands of not only every publisher and every author, but even every teacher..."
About pricing -- iBooks Author is free, and available today in the App store.
"You're going to see textbooks about every subject for every grade level and every student, but we wanted to get started early..."
High school text books will be priced at a significant discount -- $14.99 or less
About publishing partners -- "I can't overemphasize the importance of these partners working with us."
"There is no reason to assume today that kids need to use the same tools they used in 1950. To do so is to prepare them for a world that's already passed."
"You can do things you just can't do with a static textbook. Taking notes is one of the key ways students learn..."
"Up to now, making interactive books for iPad has been difficult, so we wanted to make it easier. This meant so much to us we had to make a way to do it. So we invented iBooks Author."
The iBooks Author app is free, but Apple will make a lot of money from this venture -- just think of all those iPad sales...
"That is reinventing the textbook, and that's the first thing we wanted to tell you about today."
"iTunes U lets colleges and universities around the world deliver content... around the world to anyone using an iPhone, iPod touch or an iPad."
It's already the world's number one catalog for educational content. 700 million downloads since it launched four years ago. Primarily used for delivering lectures.
"We want to let teachers do a lot more. We want to create full online courses."
Introducing a brand new iTunes U plus a dedicated app.
"It lets teachers and students do everything they need right on their iPad."