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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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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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