Up to 3 GB iPad textbooks are “heavyweight”

The authors so far from his Apple iBook specified storage limit for releases was 2 GB. For the iBook started with two school-book initiative can be found, however, already in the range of titles that exceed this volume. “Perason’s Biology” 1791 pages occupied with 2.77 GB.

The so far only in English available biology book from Pearson Education caused quite a stir among the first iBook title that may break free from Apple’s previous size limit, and its interactive curriculum spread over an impressive 2.77 GB. If the example set a precedent, could assiduous readers with 16-GB iPads frequent sync sessions are in the house.

The documentation to be in iTunes customer reviews for “Pearson’s Biology” falling over themselves with praise so far for the quality of the material passed, however, require the translation into more languages​​. Cult of Mac puts together a list of the top eight as iBooks available textbooks and their memory requirements.

E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth – 965MB
McGraw Hill’s Algebra 1 – 1.09GB
Pearson’s Biology – 2.77GB
McGraw Hill’s Biology – 1.49GB
National’s Chemistry – 959MB
Pearson’s Environmental Science – 793MB
McGraw Hill’s Geometry – 1.22GB
McGraw Hill’s Physics – 1.25GB

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iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Apple invites media for ‘education announcement’ in New York, next Thursday, Jan. 19


As first reported by The Loop, Apple sent out invites today for a special media event held in New York City next Thursday, Jan. 19. The invitation’s graphic shows the familiar New York skyscraper motif, adorned with the Apple logo silhouette and the tagline:

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

The invite arrives following a flurry of speculation pertaining to the nature of the event, which was first hinted by AllThingsD. The publication reported on Jan. 2 that Apple’s presser will not be huge —at least not compared to the company’s splashy theatrical announcements—nor will it cover any iPad or Apple TV hardware news.

Instead, it will focus on iBooks, another report said. With education the focus, this leaves iBooks and perhaps textbooks, another market Jobs wanted to disrupt, as the main attraction. The presser is said to involve Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose recently expanded responsibilities now include the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud and iBooks.

(via 9to5Mac.com)