Apple Unveils Digital Textbook, E-Publishing Platform – Health Care News

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site

In its first product announcement directly tied to education, Apple Inc. this morning unveiled a free digital textbook and e-book platform, iBooks Author, building upon its GarageBand and iTunes software for music. The combination will make creating and distributing e-books much easier, and allow for integrating media such as audio, video, and interactive quizzes or games. “We want to reinvent the textbook,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief. He complained books are not portable, searchable, “current,” or interactive. Apple will offer textbooks through its online store, beginning with high school textbooks priced as low as $14.99. They are partnering with education publishing monoliths Pearson, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, DK Publishing, and Harcourt, which comprise 90 percent of the textbook market…”

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