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?"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

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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RE[5]: Books?
by Neolander on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 08:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Books?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Let's get this straight : I agree that iBooks, as it stands, is a web page marketed as a book by Apple. However, this strange naming raises some interesting questions about the nature and becoming of books in the digital age.

Is a book about printed pages ? Maybe a linear stream of textual information ? If books could be updated at no cost, would they remain books ? And so on...

I guess they have courses on this in literature classes ;)

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RE[6]: Books?
by MOS6510 on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 08:40 in reply to "RE[5]: Books?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

According to the OS X dictionary a book is a physical object, so digital books aren't books. Well, the OS X desktop isn't a real desktop either.

To make it easier to talk about it I understand people call these digital publications books.

Still, I find it somewhat uneasy to refer to these as books myself. They're a bunch of multi media files connected by a menu structure that kind of mimics a books.

The books on my ereader are measured in kilo bytes, Apple's textbooks reach multi giga byte levels. That doesn't leave much room for movies.

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