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Stock Talk: Why Apple's textbook announcement matters

"If Apple relies on the existing $500 iPad to hit the education market, I think they may just accelerate the ownership of their products to students who were already going to own them … kids in well-to-do families."

Yesterday Apple made one of those cool little announcements that probably won’t affect too many of us in the short term. But I think their initiative with iBooks 2 and iBooks Author offers significant long term benefits to the company and its shareholders.

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iBooks 2 also contains x2 graphics for a Retina display iPad 3

BGR was tipped on a few references to x2 iPad graphics -- the kind required for Retina displays -- in the new iBooks 2, adding fuel to the iPad 3 rumour fire.

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Hands on with textbooks in iBooks for iPad

Immediately following Apple's Education Event, I downloaded a couple textbooks from the iBookstore, namely, Geometry and Chemistry. I've done some browsing and am very impressed with what Apple and the publishers have done with these textbooks.

On the surface, the books look like typical textbooks, but a simple touch brings the pages to life. You can enlarge images, flip through slideshows, watch videos and examples, take sample quizzes, and more. One of my favorites features is that there are flashcards pre-created with all the terms and definitions from each chapter. You can also create your own cards from highlighted text and user-created notes.

This is just the beginning of textbooks in the iBookstore and I'm looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

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So what did you think of Apple's education event?

So what did you think of Apple's education event?

So now Apple's education event is over and the dust has settled and we have iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U, and there seems to be a bit of a mixed reaction.

Some people think Apple is spearheading a new generation of in-depth, interactive, learning tools to bring textbooks and classrooms into the next generation. Others think Apple has once again created a proprietary platform to once again exert draconian control over and increase platform lock-in.

Some people think Apple has created an alternative to the expensive, outdated, antiquated books students used to have to lug around. Others think Apple sucks for not offering $12 iPads to go along with it.

We'll be back to give you our collective opinions later, but right now it's your turn, iMore Nation. What do you think of Apple's educational offerings?

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Apple posts iBooks Author FAQ

No doubt there will be a lot of questions about iBooks Author, and in anticipation of many of those, Apple has posted an FAQ in their knowledge base to address some of the most common. Entries include:

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Apple posts iBooks 2, Textbooks-centric education video

Fresh from the Apple Education event, Apple has posted the video they showed off highlighting iBooks 2 and their new Textbooks initiative.

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Apple to offer high school books priced at $14.99 or less

Apple has announced iBooks 2 at their education event in New York and to kick things off in the iBookStore will be high school books. Partnering with such providers as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -- Apple has laid out their pricing plans for high school books. Starting free and moving upward to $14.99, high school books will be available for one-click purchase, always updated and students get to keep their copy.

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Apple announces iBooks Author for Mac OS X

Apple has announced iBooks Author at the education event in New York. iBooks Author will allow you to create books within Mac OS X for digital distribution through the iBookstore.

You can select from a number of templates already created for you or import your existing content. iBooks Author is made to compliment and work nicely with applications such as Word, Pages, and Keynote. You can even turn Keynote presentations into widgets within your book.

iBooks Author will be available today as a free download in the Mac App Store.

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Apple adds Textbooks to the iBookstore

Apple has announced iBooks 2 at their education event in New York. With this comes the edition of a new Textbooks section in the iBookstore. You'll be able to search for textbooks in the same way you currently find all your other books or apps. One click purchase is available as well as a free sample of the book.

The iBooks update is available today as a free download from the App Store.

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