Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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Even worse....
by jvxp on Thu 19th Jan 2012 18:07 UTC
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...we all know what happens to apps, that are not following Apples guidelines. I'm 100% certain that certain topics in books will be fought over and censored (e.g. human reproduction organs, et al.)

These are tradeoffs from closed ecosystems.

I'm not saying that most textbooks I've read were better or more objective than others, but at least I've had a choice when visiting a library.

Edited 2012-01-19 18:08 UTC

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