In watching the lastest news release unfold, our students must be happy. It’s happening…to go to school soon you will have to purchase an iPad and down load your Grade Level Apps. WOW! Did you know there are over 20,000 educational Apps. No more of the painful back slinging weighted down back packs. On the evening news tonight, within my home town here in Canada, already there are school in beta testing mode with the iPad.
This will have a huge affect on bookstores on our planet as Apple goes worldwide in their launches. This is a worldly trend happening to local businesses that will take bookstores down and more rental properties vacant. Yuks another hit on local businesses!
But on the other hand there are so many positives, savings on educational costs, saving our trees (paper), etc. Just think, a teacher stands at the front of the class as says, “Tonight download App 1234 as we will be working on that material in tomorrow’s class.” And the list goes on and on. Steve Jobs did say that he was going to enter in the book market place. And here it is! To bad he will not able to see the unfolding for his once again brilliant idea.
This is why I have preached over and over again to local business that Mobile is here to stay and they better get prepared! With this new press release, Apps now just took on a whole new positioning power. For EVERY entrepreneur out there weather you are a local business, speaker, author, coach, etc. you must strongly begin the process of getting your business website mobilized, creating kindle book formats and creating Apps. I wasn’t really pushing Apps for my clients but it is so important now with this news to really begin getting your all businesses mobilized.
The service, dubbed iBooks 2, will allow textbook makers to create fully interactive titles for Apple’s iPad. According to the company, users will be able to swipe across the display to open textbook pages and view movies within each chapter. The operating system’s familiar pinch and tapping features are also available, giving users more interaction with titles.
It’s the interactivity that Apple was focused on. The company says that kids will be able to see 3D images and rotate them to get a better feel for what, for example a DNA structure looks like. The books can also be switched between portrait mode and landscape modes to make text and images easier to interact with.
As with traditional textbooks, students can easily mark up titles from the iPad. Apple showed how kids can highlight text and add a note to a page. All those notes can then be combined to make study cards. Those cards, which are basically virtual 3-by-5-inch cards, let students put a topic on one side and the definition on the other, similar to flash cards.
Apple has already formed partnerships with a host of major textbook makers, including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. That’s important. According to Apple, those companies are responsible for 90 percent of all textbooks in the U.S.
To spur people to develop textbooks, Apple has launched a new application. Dubbed iBooks Author, the free Mac OS X application lets authors create both textbooks and books. The application includes templates to quickly create books, but users can also drag and drop images and video into the title. To add text, Apple lets users drag and drop a Word file from Finder into a chapter. The application then automatically creates sections and headers.
So, where can the textbooks be found? According to Apple, iBooks 2 is an application that’s downloaded from the App Store to the iPad for free. The textbooks themselves are priced at $14.99 or less, Apple says, and once purchased, the textbooks can be redownloaded at no additional charge. A textbook section has also been added to the iBooks store.
Apple’s iBooks 2 is available starting today. Textbooks focusing on science, math, and other disciplines are currently being offered.