In addition to the release of iBooks 2, Apple also announced the launch of iBooks Author – a free app downloadable from the Mac App Store that lets anybody easily create textbooks suitable for the iBooks App. GarageBand for iBooks? Sure sounds like it. While I haven’t given iBooks Author a spin, it is supposed to be easy to use and powerful. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing – so you can expect a lot of new books to hit the scene in the near future.
Apple also announced the launch of the iTunes U app – designed to give educators and students everything they need on their iOS devices to teach and take entire courses. With iTunes U, users get access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, with over 20,000 education apps and thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum. Looks like it’s going to be a good time to get an iPad for college this year. Find out more about iTunes U.