Today Apple unveiled iBooks 2 for the iPad and iBooks Author for the Mac. The idea is to revolutionize Textbook as we know them (static) and make them interactive through video, audio, quizzes and other types of interactivity. Having experienced many eMagazines on the iPad, which have many of these interactive features, I along with many people knew that eventually Textbooks would be next.
What I didn’t know was how easy Apple would make it for anyone to create these interactive books, using video, audio, Keynote presentations and even simple-to-create quizzes, that’s where iBooks Author for Mac comes in.
Perhaps the most impressive thing here is that connecting your iPad to your Mac gives you a real-time way to Preview your interactive book right on the device. It really is something.
Here’s a video I just did on how easy it is to create an interactive textbook using iBooks Author. The whole process feels a lot like developing eLearning courses, but with a mobile learning twist to it. It’s fascinating for sure.
Check it out and let me know what you think.