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David Paul from Greenwich, CT is reading The Raw Shark Text January 19, 2012 - 8:31am

Just watching the live Apple event, and found this potentially game-changing.  First, iBooks 2, "a brand new textbook experience for the iPad."  Interactive pictures, highlighting and note taking, interactive questions, and real time updates.

But then this happened:  the announcment of iBooks Author:  A Mac app for creating digital books. "iBooks Aulthor demo shows how to create your books from front cover to end, chapter to chapter including interactive features, movie clips, etc..."  The opportunities for self publishing are possibly about to explode.

So far, this sounds stunning.  I'll keep an eye out for more details...

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David Paul from Greenwich, CT is reading The Raw Shark Text January 19, 2012 - 8:38am

"You're going to see new High School text books priced at $14.99 or less starting today, and the books will always be up to date."

"So now you've seen, anyone can create interactive books. You can start with customizable templates, you can create multitouch widgets, you can extend that experience..."

"In like 5 minutes flat, we created an e-book and deployed it to the iPad. I hope you find that as inspiring and empowering as i do."

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor January 19, 2012 - 9:10am

Just reading up on this. Looks like it may be a gamechanger.

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miked from Los Angeles is reading White Noise January 19, 2012 - 11:08am

Very cool development. Let's hope it promotes being properly taught the way Apple thinks it will.

On that note, how do teachers plan on making sure their kids aren't on Facebook or playing Angry Birds during class?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 19, 2012 - 11:14am

A lot of teachers hate ebooks for that reason.  Some require their students to have a traditional book just because of the distraction caused by having a laptop/ipad/whatever in class.

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David Paul from Greenwich, CT is reading The Raw Shark Text January 19, 2012 - 11:29am

I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem to delete or disable any type of games or 'inappropriate' apps.  But then again, what keeps a kid using a computer for research on Wikipedia from just logging into Facebook or whatever?  I guess it's just another one of those things that will find it's way, and I'm sure we'll find out more details over time... but the potential  upside seems staggering.

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 19, 2012 - 11:41am

You got porn in my text book!  You got text book in my porn!  

Wait a minute....

TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER!

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 19, 2012 - 12:04pm

@avery: teachers hate e-books because they....

- take money away from the campus bookstore

- have vague implications of 1984 and 451, even though without those books, our culture would not have those constructed fears to fall back on.

- give slacker students the avenue they need not to read the entire book. say, you're task is to do a close reading on the idea of sexuality in GIOVANNI'S ROOM, you can easily just look up every word with a sexual connotation in the book, in just a couple clicks. you could pretty easily eyeball a reading from that.

- represent the plausable death of the print textbook, and academic journal, which is how most teachers subsidize themselves and feel validation through belittling their comrades, and then making the students read (most often paying for the right to own) that article.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 19, 2012 - 12:08pm

@Charles

Correction -  most instructors hate the campus bookstore.  Because they are acedemics and the bookstore is a money hungry store front for "the man". 

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 19, 2012 - 12:11pm

where i did my general ed, put all the money from the bookstore back into campus, and most of that was BOOK sales, and resales, if you take that away from them, their money comes from coke.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 19, 2012 - 12:14pm

Yeah, most campus bookstore do donate profits to the schools (some of the profits, because Follet and BN College own the lion's share of the stores) It does not stop the teachers as seeing the bookstore as the over-priced enemy.  It isn't true.  The bookstore rocks (I worked at one for four years), but it's still what they think.  And I have come across several teachers who will send students to other sources for books.