On Thursday, January 19, Apple announced its entrance into the textbook industry. Since the introduction of the e-book concept and the eventual rise of e-book readers it was an inevitable conclusion that someday school books would take their place in history and be replaced by an electronic media which would have the ability to incorporate multiple texts in a portable device. it’s actually a little surprising that it took so long for anyone to make the transition. Whatever reasons there may be for the delay, Apple has the distinguished honor of being the first.
In the five days since the long awaited announcement there have been more than 350,000 downloads interactive e-books indicating an eager and enthusiastic public response. While the e-book evolution is a great development for schools there is some controversy surrounding Apple’s implementation of it. As a sidekick to the downloadable curriculum, Apple has offered up for grabs another software which has raised some confused and angry eyebrows it’s an authoring tool called iBooks Author. Designed to make it possible for anyone with this software to become an author of school textbooks, (a matter of questionable wisdom in itself).
iBooks Author can be downloaded free here (Mac App Store Link).
and iBooks 2 for iOS also free here (App Store Link).