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Today Apple shook up the world of textbook publishing by unveiling iBooks 2 for iPad – a platform that will allow iPad users to purchase inexpensive and dynamic textbooks for their device. Traditional hard copy textbooks are a major expense for schools and students alike – college level students in the United States can easily spend over $1,000 per year just on their books. Additionally, high schools and middle schools must stock books that are constantly being updated (and becoming outdated) for all of their students. Apple’s new iBooks platform will offer traditional textbooks in digital format for around $15. This new e-book expansion could save students money, save the trees needed to print all those new editions, and save student’s back’s the strain of carrying around all those cumbersome hardcovers.

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  1. civetta February 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Terrible. Don’t know how this is worthy news for this site. I can’t imagine how you figure this is an environmental saving. Besides, it’s just promoting apple’s vision of a monopoly in the already fragile field of education.

    Now here’s a REAL free ebook editor. It’s called e-pub format. It’s GPL (open source), and when you use it, you avoid buying a new electronic device, and sending your money apple’s way.

  2. jntpinto January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Grade 8 students and their books going on i pad

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