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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RE[3]: I sympathise but..
by kovacm on Fri 20th Jan 2012 10:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
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"I guess you'd have a different opinion if this were Microsoft / Google doing the lock-in?

Exactly - because we all know that neither Microsoft or Google could not come close to the elegance that Apple will bring to this - and it's the elegance that will be transforming.

I would not object to some mythical company that could this as well as Apple has having the same system but sadly no such mythical company exists.

Is this way of going about such a project different to what we have seen before?

It seems to me a fairly common model which has not generated any sort of complaints before. Unreal for example gives away their Unreal Engine and tools for free. Make all the games you want, give your games away for free, but if you sell your games, Unreal wants a cut because you are benefitting from their technology. The iBook Author system is the same sort of deal.

Apple doesn't claim ownership of your content.  You can still distribute your content on other stores if you use other tools. But if you use iBooks Author, you must distribute through the iBooks store if you want to make money off of it.

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