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]: Books?
by MOS6510 on Sun 22nd Jan 2012 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Books?"
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Oh, I'm not saying it's a bad thing, in fact it's probably a good thing.

The only thing I wonder about why call it "books". Because to me it more sounds like a marketing term than a true attempt to create a digital book system.

Of course an iPad on your desk with a touch screen is more convenient and more personal than a PC accessing a website, but that's really the only difference.

Apple's iBook creator software might as well have been a website design tool. It's just a way of combining different kinds of media. Apple presents this as a "book" and made the "book" selection menu look like a book shelve.

For me it just seems they have taken if so far from the original paper book that you can't really call it a book anymore.

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