iBooks 2

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iBooks 2

Apples iBooks 2 is designed to bring a new textbook experience to the iPad, which the company views as an evolution beyond traditional, paper-bound textbooks.

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These interactive textbooks will feature not only multimedia such as video and touchable graphics but also tools such as highlighting and search.

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The software platform converts students notes into study cards, and alters the textbooks layout depending on the tablets orientation.

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iBooks Author

Apples other initiative, iBooks Author, lets authors and publishers create those interactive textbooks.

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The iBooks Author interface seems reminiscent of Apples other productivity software; it offers the ability to add everything from text to graphics by drag-and-dropping, with text flowing automatically around each new added element.

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Available as a free download in the Mac App Store, Apple intends iBooks Author as a tool for creating textbooks for every subject at every level, for $19.99. Any e-book created via iBooks can be published to a special area of Apples iBookstore hub.

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iTunes U

The revamped iTunes U is a free app gives educators the ability to distribute course materials and video or audio lectures, as well as view presentations.

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Course Manager

As with iBooks Author, Apple is emphasizing the supposed ease-of-use in constructing a full course, via the iTunes U Course Manager.

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