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[4]: I sympathise but..
by Tony Swash on Fri 20th Jan 2012 23:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I sympathise but.."
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"Have a play with the free content creation software iBook Author. Its fantastic. The great thing is you can not only create a book for distribution on iTunes but you can also distribute them any way you choose (as long as it's for free and not via another rival store).

But you have to export it to a non proprietary format like PDF, loosing all the "cool" features and making it not that different from traditional media.

No you don't, you are not restricted to PDF format when exporting or sharing. The restrictions only apply to selling iBooks authored with iBook Author. If I use iBook Author to make a beautiful and interactive iBook for my Dad about our family history I can just save it as an iBook file and the he can just load it on his iPad where it will be a dully featured iBook. I could put it on my web site so he could download it, as long as I didn't charge for it.

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