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: Comment by shmerl
by MysterMask on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Wrong. They simple don't care to open their stuff for lets say Android. Why should they? They take the risk bringing new stuff to the table and cheap copyist earn with hardware sales at zero risk? That would be really stupid from a business point. It's like Google letting Bing use their page rank.

Apple wants to sell an experience which consists of hardware, software and contents. Why should they let other sell the same experience by letting them harvest the investment Apple put into this? Let's see the Samsung, HTC, Motorola, .. software that produces content for iPads. Oh sorry, there's no such thing. But everybody - especially Google, likes to earn money with the work / content of others.

And now mod me down for being "political OSNews incorrect".

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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And now mod me down for being "political OSNews incorrect".


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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 20th Jan 2012 02:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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That's not the point. You are buying a book, not Apple experience. Why should my book be tied to any single experience which one would be forced to buy to get the book? Apple acts indecently by bribing education circles with free (money wise) authoring software, but using locked in platform for publishing. There are already a bunch of standard ebook formats, which can be used on any platform. Apple's scorn of open standards is well known, and is clearly apparent in this case too.

Edited 2012-01-20 02:43 UTC

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