This morning, Apple held an education event at theÂ GuggenheimÂ Museum to released their latest update to iBooks. The update brought a new section for e-textbooks aimed to lighten up theÂ backpacks of students in the United States (No word on other countries yet).
Textbooks available in the iBooks store will be fully interactive. Apple has allowed publishers to embed widgets, photos, videos, and HTML5 content right into their textbooks to provide anÂ immersiveÂ experience that just wasn’t possible with conventional textbooks. Publishers will also be able to update content as new information becomes available on the particular subject the textbook covers. Just like a real textbook, you’ll be able toÂ highlight and add notes to make studying a breeze. As far as contentÂ availabilityÂ goes, Â Apple has partnered withÂ Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to provide textbooks at launch for $14.99 or less. If you’ve ever been in the market for textbooks, you’ll know that $14.99 is an amazing price for something that is always up-to-date and won’t require a visit to theÂ chiropractor after you’ve finished school.