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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by MOS6510 on Fri 20th Jan 2012 23:45 UTC
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Actually, these interactive books are more like websites or educational apps than they are like books.

I mean, a book is text and perhaps some pictures, they are in a certain order and that order can be viewed as the index. What I have seen from these interactive books is that you seem to jump from place to place. There is text, but also videos, slideshows, presentations, probably sounds. And as it can be updated it will be harder to say something is on page X, because it may very well not be if someone else is not at the same version.

While this is all probably a good idea, I don't agree that they are "books".

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RE: Books?
by Neolander on Sat 21st Jan 2012 13:23 in reply to "Books?"
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Well, I would agree to say that Intel's, ARM's, and AMD's PDF manuals are books, and yet they have such things as hyperlinks and TOC metadata... Perhaps the future of books is something that can be printed and used offline, but has extra features when viewed on a computer screen ?

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RE[2]: Books?
by MOS6510 on Sat 21st Jan 2012 18:32 in reply to "RE: Books?"
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Well, there are extra features, but if you describe what it is these Apple books have more in common with a website than a real book.

I understand why they want to market it as books. They are meant to replace text books, so Apple markets their stuff as better books (better is better) and not as something else (something else is new, a gamble, need extra effort to learn).

It works with text books, but I don't think it would work with fiction books. Reading a fiction book tickles the imagination. If you add pictures, movies and sound to it you might as well watch the movie.

I'd label your PDFs as manuals, in the style of a book, not as books.

I read my books on an ereader, not my iPad. When I read on an iPad any lapse in my reading motivation would cause me exit and check the news, email. If the iPad doesn't draw my attention first with a notification message/sound.

My ereader is very simple. The only extra it has is that it can play MP3 files. There aren't any on it and I even wish it didn't have this option and be a pure ebook reader.

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