Apple Reinvents Education with iBooks 2 for iPad

Katie Johnston, Feature Editor

On January 19, Apple announced a new service, which aims to relieve back strain and budget strain for students, iBooks 2 for iPad. Apple plans to revolutionize learning with new, highly interactive digital iTextbooks.

Apple has teamed with three textbook companies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson, to offer educational titles on the iBookstore. Most iTextbooks are priced at $14.99 or less.

In order to maintain these prices, Apple insists on owning the exclusive rights to all iTextbooks. That means all textbook authors who want to do business with Apple must make his or her digital textbooks exclusive to iBooks 2.

Terry McGraw, CEO of McGraw-Hill said in an interview with reporter Peter Kafka, “I wish Steve Jobs was here. I was with him in June this past year, and we were talking about some of the benchmarks, and some of the things that we were trying to do together. He should be here. He probably is [gesturing up and around]. This was his vision, this was his idea, and it all had to do with the iPad.”

About the ibooks 2 app

According to the iBooks 2 Apple press release, “iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, full screen 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…The new iBooks 2 app is now available as a free download from the App Store. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D projects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of a finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new ibooks 2 app lets students study and learn in a more efficient and effective ways than ever before.”

Cost and Where to get it

iPad 2 is available in Apple stores, the Apple website and sold in most electronic stores. The average base price for an iPad 2 is $499. The iBooks 2 app is available for free from the Apple store.


While Apple is not currently offering a student discount on the iPad 2, there are ways to save on this product. Refurbished devices from the Apple Store are discounted due to returns. They’ve had the hardware, battery, screen, and software reconfigured back to factory quality and repackaged in a new box.

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