Apple launched last week its bid to make available to students electronic textbooks through a free application called iBooks 2. To ensure success for this new project, Apple established partnerships with publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson to produce digital high school textbooks.
Majority of high school textbooks in Apple’s iBookstore will cost $14.99 or less which is substantially cheaper than the current prices for print textbooks. The company likewise unveiled a free tool called iBooks Author which allows Macintosh computer users to create their own iBooks textbooks and publish them to the iBookstore.
This is good news indeed for students and educators. Migrating textbooks to the iPad not only makes it convenient for students used to bringing heavy books daily to school, but it also means more innovative and creative ways for children to learn.
Much as I love the feel of a new book in my hands while reading, I have to admit the possibilities that the iPad can offer is just as interesting.