ibooks

  • Notes From The Ebook Trenches

    Notes From The Ebook Trenches

    I keep a close and interested eye on the world of ebooks, and I’m pleased to report that it keeps getting weirder. British supermarket chain Sainsbury – who I worked for once, helping to program a new payroll system for a few months, until they scrapped the whole project – recently bought HMV’s share in ebook hub Anobii for a whopping, er, one pound. (Americans… Read More

  • Cartoonist Bill Amend Releases FoxTrot Packs For iPad

    Cartoonist Bill Amend Releases FoxTrot Packs For iPad

    In what I suspect will be an increasing trend, cartoonist Bill Amend has released three “packs” of his popular FoxTrot comics for the iPad. He built the books by himself using iBooks Author and proceeds go to the Help Bill Amend Eat Food Fund (I suspect). He’s selling three titles including a special issue — number 3.14 — featuring geek strips. Each book contains… Read More

  • Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad. As For High Schoolers…

    Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad. As For High Schoolers…

    As I watched Apple’s iBooks event in New York City last week, my mind began to race about the ramifications of such announcements. Everyone had a pretty good idea for weeks (or months if you read the Steve Jobs biography) that textbooks would be a focal point for Apple, but there wasn’t much thought given to what this would mean. During the event itself, I just kept thinking… Read More

  • Will Interactive iBooks Be The Next Big Booty For Pirates?

    Will Interactive iBooks Be The Next Big Booty For Pirates?

    With the shift from print books to digital books come a few nasty side effects. Sure, it’s much easier much easier to acquire and read books when you don’t even have to get out of your chair, but those digital copies can be cracked and disseminated for free with only a little more effort. As ebook sales expand, so does ebook piracy, so I have to wonder if Apple’s… Read More

  • Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Apple is making a play for the textbook market with its launch today of iBooks 2 and the new textbooks within that app. It’s Apple, so they are going to reinvent the textbook industry, right? Well, maybe not today. If you fire up your iPad and update to the latest version of iBooks (Apple’s app for books with its own store separate from iTunes), you can check out all of the… Read More

  • Some Key Subtle Details From Apple’s Textbook Event

    Some Key Subtle Details From Apple’s Textbook Event

    Today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Apple held an event to talk about two key things: “Reinventing textbooks” and “Reinventing curriculum”. But perhaps lost amid the tentpole announcements (iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and the all-new iTunes U) were some subtleties of those products and Apple’s plans for the education space. Among them: Read More

  • iPads And Digital Textbooks Do Not Belong In Classrooms Yet

    iPads And Digital Textbooks Do Not Belong In Classrooms Yet

    I do not want my children learning math proofs on iPads. I simply do not see the value in it. iPads will not help with identifying sentence clauses or writing an essay. There’s a place for interactive learning and there’s not. It’s a clear line. Give science and history teachers iPads loaded with demos, videos and soundbites. Allow children to pinch and zoom DNA strands and… Read More

  • New iTunes U App Hits iTunes With Over 500,000 Free Lectures, Videos & Books

    New iTunes U App Hits iTunes With Over 500,000 Free Lectures, Videos & Books

    Following this morning’s education event, Apple has launched a new, dedicated iOS application called “iTunes U.” This educational content portal, previously available only in iTunes, has now arrived in the App Store for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. It has also undergone a major revamp so as to better complement Apple’s newly-announced educational… Read More

  • Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple’s iBooks 2

    Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple’s iBooks 2

    Today at Apple’s education event, the company introduced iBooks 2, a textbook platform that effectively transforms $200 textbooks into iPad apps at a much more reasonable price. But of course, a textbook platform isn’t worth a thing without the educational powerhouse publishers behind it. Luckily, the first up to the bat on the iBooks 2 platform are names we know well: Pearson… Read More

  • Apple Unveils New iBooks Author Tool, Not Just For Textbooks

    Apple Unveils New iBooks Author Tool, Not Just For Textbooks

    Apple has spent the past few moments demoing all the new education-friendly featured in iBooks 2, but they have just now answered the question of how authors can create that kind of rich content. All the magic happens in a new OSX application called iBooks Author, which gives users a simple way to integrate different types of media in order to create iBooks of any stripe. Read More

  • Sea Change: Apple Guts Textbook Publishing

    Sea Change: Apple Guts Textbook Publishing

    The days of the $500 college textbook bills are, it seems, over. With Apple’s announcement of iBooks 2, the world of textbooks is changed forever. Education is a hard nut to crack. There are bright spots and clever new ideas, but technology hasn’t quite figured out how to do a better job than the “old ways.” That’s why Apple’s decision to launch iBooks 2… Read More