Yesterday Apple came out with a way to make school life easier. Interactive textbooks on the iPad will not only engage the student in the material. It will also eliminate having to deal with health issues from lugging 40 pounds of books.
The idea is not new as companies have been trying to fix this since the CD-ROM came out, maybe even before. I have on my 20th Anniversary Macintosh an encyclopedia on CD- ROM with interactive content. That Mac is not portable but the concept is sound. Put that on an iBook of its day ( running Mac OS 9 ) and you have interactive content mobile for research.
What is new is the ease of finding and loading the interactive textbooks in iBooks. iPad is the best eReader out there and it is also the best research tool out there. The majority of my research for my Graduate studies is performed on my iPad. I can keep many books open and flip through them while saving my place.
My ebooks are in PDF format currently from my University and I do wish for them to be interactive. They are just a File/Print copy of the original published textbook. It is a step in the right direction but iBooks raises the bar a lot.
Kudos Apple for helping future students be more engaged to do the best they can.
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