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[5]: Books?
by Neolander on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 08:22 UTC 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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RE[7]: Books?
by Neolander on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 09:13 in reply to "RE[6]: Books?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Just had a look at the reference French dictionary out of curiosity, and the definition of "livre" (book) takes more than a page! Does not help that the word has three different meanings, I guess.

Anyway, the core definition, in the sense that we think about, is "set of written or printed sheets designed to be read". So both of our dictionaries agree that this is about the support more than the content...

Edited 2012-01-23 09:30 UTC

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