By NEMS Daily Journal
Apple executives took the stage at its education event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City this morning, where the company unveiled two education initiatives. #1: Reinventing Textbooks with iBooks 2 and #2: iBooks Author, an e-book authoring tool for Mac.
VP of Productivity Software and iWork Roger Rosner took the stage immediately following the announcement to demo iBooks 2. Rosner launched a biology textbook starting with a dramatic intro video and continued to show off the features of the interactive textbook including interactive 3D models, improved index with page number search, index links back into the book, and the ability to pinch to get to table of contents. Rosner also showed of how the textbooks have different layouts depending on whether you are in landscape or portrait mode.
To accompany the demo, Schiller announced that a new >a href=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/collection/textbooks/id27820?fcId=493406756&mt=11″ target=”_blank”>Textbook category for the iBookstore that you can access here. iBooks 2.0 is available for free on the App Store now. iBooks 2 is compatible with both iPhone and iPad, but textbooks appear to only be available to iPad users currently.