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350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

Apple's iBooks 2 digital textbook launch last week may not have convinced everyone that the classroom is the best place for the iPad, but over 350,000 downloads of textbooks in the first three days of availability suggests there's big demand for learning on the iOS slate. The figures were tracked by Global Equities Research's proprietary monitoring system, AllThingsD reports, while downloads of the free iBooks Author tool have also apparently been successful.

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New iPad Retina Display looking more likely from iBooks 2 icons

New iPad Retina Display looking more likely from iBooks 2 icons

Further evidence of a next-gen iPad with a 2048 x 1536 "Retina Display" has been unearthed, this time from iconography and graphics included in Apple's new iBooks 2 app released yesterday. A new bookmark icon in the refreshed app - labeled "iPadx2" - was spotted after some judicious digging by MacRumors and devs Steve Troughton-Smith and Grant Paul, indicating Apple is preparing to double up on the existing resolution of the iPad for its imminent third-gen variant.

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Apple Education Event video now online

Apple Education Event video now online

Apple put the cat among the publishing pigeons yesterday at its education-themed event, with the launch of iBooks 2 with textbooks, iBooks Author to create interactive digital books, and iTunes U for full, free university and K-12 courses. Almost a million of you joined SlashGear yesterday for our Apple event liveblog; now the whole thing is available to stream from Apple itself, complete with all the on-stage demonstrations.

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iBooks Author Hands-on

iBooks Author Hands-on

It's taken a special kind of ebook to make headlines over the past year or so: anyone can throw together a basic document, but a rarified breed of immersive, interactive app/ebook hybrids has also developed. Often seen targeting children or delivering iPad versions of print magazines, they've invariably taken big money and plenty of time. Now, with iBooks Author, it's simple enough for the layman. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

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iBooks 2 Hands-On

iBooks 2 Hands-On

Apple's original iBooks app tried to do to ebooks what iTunes has done for music; now, with iBooks 2, Apple is throwing textbooks into the mix. We've just headed out from the Apple keynote in NYC this morning to spend some time with the new ebook app, and on one level it's more of the same: an incredibly straightforward way to access books - in this case for education. More after the cut.

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iBooks Author is here

iBooks Author is here

Apple has only just finished announcing iBooks Author, its ultra-simple drag & drop interactive book creation tool, and already it's up for download. A 136MB OS X application, you can download iBooks Author through the Mac App Store [iTunes link] and be creating ebooks in minutes. Although Apple's focus today was on education, the scope for iBooks Author is a lot broader than just classroom and lecture hall tools.

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iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

Teacher will soon be able to "do everything on their iPad" as Apple announced this week at their education-based event this week, as iTunes U brings forth a fully interactive set of tools that any teacher, professor, or otherwise leader can use. The user interface is very similar to what iBooks has to offer, this being part of the grander plan to bring all of these education applications into one big experience for the classroom. Inside the iTunes U app, you the teacher are able to set up your classroom experience into categories, each category containing interactive elements such as checklists and the ability to send messages to students and give assignments through the web.

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Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

The folks at Apple have this week shown off their new Textbooks category in their iPad and iPhone-based iBookstore, showing how interactive teaching can be done in a brand new way and for a much less expensive price: $14.99 or less. That's the price the books in this new section of the store will cost, and that's what groups like McGrawHill and Pearson have agreed to work with. We've seen how we can grab these books with iBooks 2, how iBooks Author can allow anyone to create such a fabulous interactive text, and now Apple is taking a vast swipe at the future of education with cost.

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iBooks Author revealed, free to download

iBooks Author revealed, free to download

A brand new application was revealed this week at the Apple education event by the name of iBooks Author, this app brought on aside the iBooks 2 app update and the addition of interactive Textbooks to the fold. This event has played host to a set of updates to the iPad-based world of books, the iBooks Author app at the center of how you'll be making books yourself with your Mac desktop machine. Templates will be included and a simple interface will be in place so that anyone, no matter their background, can make a fully interactive book for use in the iBooks world.

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