Apple Launches iBooks 2 and iBooks Author
Today in New York City, Apple introduced the world to it's next innovation aimed at the education and publishing industry. The announcements include new tools to help publishers create textbooks for the iPad, and to help students and consumers use them on their iPads.
The tools include a new revamped iBooks 2, which now supports a new category for textbooks, will feature high-school level texts for $14.99 or less at the start. They have already partnered to deliver textbook content digitally with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, and McGraw Hill publishers. The Textbooks through iBooks 2 will allow students to highlight text and areas within the text right on the iPad, similar to how a bookmark works when reading an epub. Dictionary lookup, multi-touch gestures, note taking, note cards for studying and annotation are also included in the features. iBooks 2 is a free download in the iTunes App Store.