iBooks 2 launched by Apple in order to ‘reinvent’ the textbook.
Ahh yes the bane of every young students life, a bag full of text books each 500 pages thick and weighing more than they do.
I almost killed myself when I was 12 as the bag of books I was carrying swung from one side of my body, where it had been nicely balanced, over to the other side… where it was not.
The sudden shift in weight caused the bike I was riding to veer across the road in front of oncoming traffic. It all happened so fast I had no choice but to hang on and pray.
Thankfully, all I bruised was my ego and I got away with a few honks from shaken motorists. I had to pick up a cycling proficiency award later that day too, life’s funny that way sometimes isn’t it?
Anyway, I digress. Back to Apple.
I can certainly see where Apple are coming from with the launch of iBooks 2. They want todo away with such cumbersome things as a good old fashioned textbook and bring education into the 21st century.
With iBooks 2 they see a world where textbooks are interactive and fun (presumably with every student using an iPad). They demonstrated how iBooks 2 utilized the portrait position of an iPad to show a text led book and landscape mode to enter into a far more interactive experience.
Apple also launched a free app to make it easier for anyone to create an interactive textbook. It is called iBooks Author and it is described as being to ebooks creation as garageband is to music creation.
You can download iBooks Author for free at the app store here and it includes templates already made by Apple that you can use as a starting point.
The big educational publishers such as McGraw Hill and Pearson Education are already publishing their books for the iBook 2 app and more publishers are producing content as I write this.
Apple promised that iBooks 2 will offer books for every subject, grade level and student.
How schools will react to Apple’s plan for educational domination is not known.
A classroom full of kids playing with very expensive hardware worth many hundreds of copies of a textbook may be some teachers idea of hell.
Thats if they could raise the funds in the first place, add to that the cost of the ebooks themselves and you have a very large investment.
If parents are going to pay for such devices then their kid might suddenly become the most popular kid in the school, perhaps not for the right reasons.