Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2012 13:54 UTC
Apple "Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books - the 'GarageBand for e-books', so to speak - and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users." While the textbook industry needs some massive disruption, am I the only one who thinks a solution over which Apple has total editorial control and which is limited entirely to Apple PCs and iOS devices is a really stupid idea? That's like going from Scylla to Charybdis.
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Math as an example
by pqnelson on Tue 17th Jan 2012 15:28 UTC
pqnelson
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2012-01-17

Mathematicians have, for years now, written their work up in LaTeX and simply posted it online for anyone to use.

For a single example, Georgia Tech's directory of free math textbooks (http://people.math.gatech.edu/~cain/textbooks/onlinebooks.html)

I don't understand why this cannot be done across the board in...well, at least the sciences.

Physicists do this, to a degree. Some of their lecture notes on advanced physics may be found on arXiv.org, but there aren't many free elementary physics textbooks.

I can understand this would cause problems in the humanities. History can experience unique problems (e.g., the maps are hard to draw on the computer).

Edited 2012-01-17 15:45 UTC

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RE: Math as an example
by Thomas2005 on Tue 17th Jan 2012 15:32 in reply to "Math as an example"
Thomas2005 Member since:
2005-11-07

Mathematicians have, for years now, written their work up in LaTeX and simply posted it online for anyone to use.

For a single example, Georgia Tech's directory of free math textbooks (http://http://people.math.gatech.edu/~cain/textbooks/onlinebooks.ht...)

I don't understand why this cannot be done across the board in...well, at least the sciences.

Physicists do this, to a degree. Some of their lecture notes on advanced physics may be found on arXiv.org, but there aren't many free elementary physics textbooks.

I can understand this would cause problems in the humanities. History can experience unique problems (e.g., the maps are hard to draw on the computer).

First, thank you for the link, and second, please remove the first "http://" so the link works.

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RE: Math as an example
by mgarba on Tue 17th Jan 2012 18:34 in reply to "Math as an example"
mgarba Member since:
2011-04-23

Thanks a lot for the links.

As for Thom's writing style: I really delight reading his posts here.

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RE: Math as an example
by lucas_maximus on Tue 17th Jan 2012 20:07 in reply to "Math as an example"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

+1 for mentioning LaTeX, wrote my whole Dissertation in LaTeX ... excellent software.

ProText for Windows is very good if not a rather large download.

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