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Apple iBooks 2: From textbook to digital textbook
Apple Inc. launched iBooks 2 featuring iBooks textbooks, for iPad at a high-profile event at Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Thursday January 19.

THE CALIFORNIA-BASED technology major Apple Inc. announced iBooks 2 featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook for iPad at a high-profile event at Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Thursday January 19. Initially, the iBooks 2 will only be available in the US.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said in the event that the education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be their most exciting education product yet. He also added that across the US and around the world, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools.

Schiller also added 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments. Philip Schiller also said now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device.

Apple iBooks 2 is a durable, quickly searchable book that offers easy highlighting and note-taking as well as interactive photo galleries, videos, and 3-D models and diagrams. According to Apple Press info, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks.

Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore. In Apple's iBookstore, most of the high school textbooks will cost $14.99 or less.

At the Apple's event at New York's Guggenheim Museum, Apple also announced a new iTunes U application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that helps teachers create courses and offers free educational content for students from dozens of universities.

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