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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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iBooks Author EULA claims all paid content is exclusive to Apple

Following Apple's iBooks Author announcement today, word started to circulate that content made with Apple's app could only be sold in Apple's iBookstore. Author's could freely distribute the work, but they couldn't sell it elsewhere.

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Apple posts iBooks Author instructional video

Following up on the education event in New York, Apple has posted an instructional video for the new iBooks Author app available in the Mac App Store.

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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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iTunes 10.5.3 released, includes support for syncing iBooks textbooks

Following their education event held in New York where iBooks 2 and textbooks were announced, Apple has gone ahead and released iTunes 10.5.3 to the masses.

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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 VP of iWork Roger Rosner rumored to head up digital textbook development

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iWork VP Roger Rosner has been charged to lead Apple's entry into the digital textbook arena.

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Apple rumored to announce a GarageBand type tool for e-book creation at education event

According to a report by Ars Technica, Apple is going to announce a GarageBand type tool to aid in the creation of e-books at its New York education event this Thursday. The new tools will assist in the creation of interactive e-books especially in the education sector.

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Apple announces January 19 media event in New York

According to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Apple has sent out the above invitation to a special media event to be held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on January 19.

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

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