It looks like these week’s rumors about Apple’s education were right on the dot. Apple announced today the launch of iBooks 2 for iPad – which introduces the support for iPad textbooks. iBooks textbooks are said to offer iPad users “gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned.”
With companies like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson delivering titles to the iBookstore, iBooks 2 users will have access to a huge selection of books which they can use for their studies in college and university. The best part is, most of the books are going to cost $14.99 or less, which makes these eBooks a great alternative to picking up physical copies (of course, you’ll need an iPad in the first place). iBooks 2 is available today as a free app from the Apple App Store.