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New DK Readers Textbooks for iBooks 2 and iPad Look Good

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Last week’s Apple event was focused on education, and textbooks on the iPad were a major part of the presentation. A number of the new textbooks released on the day of the Apple event are targeted at students in high school and above, but there are a few new entries that look more targeted at the K-12 age group.

My daughter was home sick from school on the day of that Apple event, so we got a chance to install and look at a couple of the new titles in the DK Readers series from Dorling Kindersley in the iBookstore – DK Natural History: Mammals – Carnivores and DK Natural History: Insects. I’ve always thought Dorling Kindersley’s printed books are very impressive, so I was optimistic about these new iBooks titles of theirs.

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New iPad Textbooks Live in the App Store Now, $14.99 and Less

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Apple’s education announcement event this morning focused on their efforts to reinvent textbooks on the iPad. As part of the launch of these efforts, today has seen the release of the new iBooks Author, a free Mac app to be used as an authoring / publishing tool for textbooks and books of all types, and of iBooks 2.

iBooks 2 is really the 2.0 version of iBooks – and it already features some of the shiny new textbooks for the iPad, 8 of them right now. These include Algebra 1, Geometry, Environmental Science, Biology, and more. One of the most impressive looking of these is ‘Life on Earth’, a new digital biology textbook for high school students. This one is by E.O. Wilson, a professor emeritus at Harvard, distinguished biologist, and two-time Pulitzer winner. Right now it has a preview of the book and a sample chapter available for free, with future chapters to be released this spring.

One of the best things about this morning’s news on iPad textbooks is the pricing levels. iBooks textbooks will be priced at $14.99 and below – significantly lower than current prices for printed textbooks.

If you already have iBooks installed, there’s an update for it available today, that updates it to the 2.0 version that’s needed to download these new textbooks.

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Reinventing Textbooks on the iPad – Today’s Little Apple Education Event Turned Out to Be Hugely Exciting

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I followed Macworld’s excellent liveblog coverage of Apple’s ‘Education Announcement’ event this morning. For me, this was one of the most exciting Apple events I’ve ever tuned into. I got more and more excited as the event went on, because I feel like the things that were announced are going to have a massive impact on education and students of all ages – and the iPad’s impact in educational institutions.

I’m still digesting the news and gathering my thoughts, but here’s a quick recap of some of the most interesting announcements:

— Apple, with the collaboration of some blue-chip publishing partners, is setting out to reinvent textbooks on the iPad. There are already over 1.5 million iPads in use in education institutions. Many of them in 1 to 1 programs.

— iBooks 2.0 (updated today and live now in the App Store) is going to make textbooks everything that traditional textbooks cannot be -  interactive, fun, gorgeous, engaging, with features like 3D models, interactive elements, multimedia, powerful advanced search, notes, highlighting, definitions, lesson reviews and study cards, and more.

— Apple has partnered with three companies who together account for 90% of the textbooks sold in the US – Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

— There is already a new Textbooks section in iBooks, with 8 high school level titles including Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more.

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