Apple: School textbooks now on iPad

Will those textbooks you lugged around throughout middle and high school become a thing of the past? The maker of the iPad, iPhone, and everything else “i” hopes so.

Apple Inc. launched its iBooks 2 app Thursday, making thousands of textbooks available on its iPad. The textbooks will be priced no more than $14.99, according to the Associated Press, quoting Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller.

Apple has been working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson PLC and McGraw-Hill – publishers responsible for 90 percent of U.S. textbooks – to develop digital textbooks that can be offered on the iPad. The digital textbook market is estimated at $8 billion, and Amazon and others are already tapping into it.

Schiller says education is in “the dark ages” when it comes to instructional material. He said there are already 1.5 million iPads used in education.

“You’ll see textbooks for every subject for every level,” Schiller said.  Yet, even Apple faces a challenge, AP reports:

It’s not clear how Apple plans to get the books in front of students, however, since textbooks are subject to lengthy approval processes by states. Also, few students have iPads, which start at $499.

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reality

January 19th, 2012
1:31 pm

Yes, yes.

All of the failing schools are filled with kids who can’t learn because they don’t have iPads. Just pony up the $499 and everything will be magically solved.

dealO

January 19th, 2012
1:35 pm

will schools force parents to buy pricey $499 IPADs? That’s coming–book it!!

southgate

January 19th, 2012
2:09 pm

THE SKY IS FALLING!!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!! Give me a break. Get real and get with the times. This is great news!

Ipad II!!

January 19th, 2012
10:21 pm

The IPAD 2 rules! It does everything you need—why waste money on textbooks? Just get parents to buy IPAD 2s and the students will have all the books they need.

Vic Healey

January 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

Apple has made the iPad almost a must have tool if you are interested in giving your child a huge advantage in life. I feel sorry for all the parents who try to duplicate this on the cheap by grabbing other types of tablets like the Kindle. They are not even close to the whole package from Apple which now includes iTunes U and the new TEXTBOOKS.

If you need more proof do a SEARCH of YouTube for ‘iBooks 2′, ‘iBooks Author’, and ‘iTunes U’.
Here is an eye opening example…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qo3nYQu6FM

I have all the above tools, You Tube does a fair job with some of the videos conveying what has occurred without anyone having iTunes or an iPad.

If you have an iPad and a Mac grab all of the above immediately. Grab this morning’s update to iTunes.

I already know how to create ePub3 digital books but Apple has made it infinitely easier with iBooks Author.

iTunes U

Go to the iPad app called iTunes U and look at all the content already online for downloading to the iPad for FREE from all the worlds major schools. Look under the tab ‘What is Hot”.
Isn’t the course from National Geographic on photography worth far more than the cost of the iPad itself? You can look under K1-12 and find courses from Georgia schools on video and the prize winning videos from student teams already online and part of iTunes U.

How about cooking? Again look at the Art Institutes’ “Culinary Basics” where Master Chef Friedenreich teaches you like a pro. When your husband finishes that one you may never have to cook again!

Are you concerned about Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis? There are a half dozen courses that teach your family. How about the Weather and Meteorology?

Home Schooling

If you are into home schooling the iPad and iTunes U is a no brainer after yesterday.

“God, we can’t give ‘them’ these new tools”

I would simply question any who do not want anyone to invest in this new technology from Apple as to whether their motive was to really save money or to keep a certain class of students down in a completive world being savaged by a global recession.

Imagine where you would be if you had this as a kid.

CSB

January 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

It’s cheaper to buy the I-PAD than the textbooks.