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: I sympathise but..
by dragossh on Thu 19th Jan 2012 19:11 UTC in reply to "I sympathise but.."
dragossh
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2008-12-16

I guess you'd have a different opinion if this were Microsoft / Google doing the lock-in?

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RE[2]: I sympathise but..
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Thu 19th Jan 2012 21:03 in reply to "RE: I sympathise but.."
Torbjorn Vik Lunde Member since:
2009-09-04

From what I understand the textbook industry in the US is pretty up and corrupt already, to the point of Apple/Microsoft/Google lock-in actually being the lesser evil.

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RE[3]: I sympathise but..
by Carewolf on Thu 19th Jan 2012 21:11 in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

An additional lock-in only makes the corruption easier. Unless there is something the product opens up for, this is a step further into the furnace.

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v RE[2]: I sympathise but..
by Tony Swash on Fri 20th Jan 2012 09:40 in reply to "RE: I sympathise but.."
v RE[3]: I sympathise but..
by kovacm on Fri 20th Jan 2012 10:39 in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
RE[3]: I sympathise but..
by flynn on Fri 20th Jan 2012 14:13 in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
flynn Member since:
2009-03-19

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.

Not sure if trolling...

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