As well as providing a simple and effective route into publishing an ebook, iBooks Author has a number of tricks up its sleeve to make your titles truly stand out. One such trick is its Review widget, available from the Widgets menu. This offers publishers the chance to include tests within the pages of their book to help readers learn or recap topics covered. While these tests are mainly useful for textbooks and other educational materials, the question styles provide a number of possibilities, and are easy to implement.
Apple’s iBooks Author app isn’t just about making your ebook look better. The layout, font and organizational tools are very useful when it comes to making an impressive ePUB title, but they pale in comparison to the options made available from the Widgets menu. This integral part of the iBooks Author platform offers a number of solutions to make your iBook unique and display information and media in new and exciting ways.
It was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.
Apple and education have always gone hand in hand, but Cupertino has taken a bold leap with iBooks 2, a full version update offering zero new features for those of us who graduated from school long ago. But for iPad-toting students, the company’s new digital textbook initiative is a revelation.
Well, if you're a jailbreaker the you know this was quite a week in the news, and if you care at all about the Internet, you know this was the week the online communities came together to defeat some truly heinous legislation. And if you missed any of that, we've got the hottest stories of the week just waiting for you right here and now.
Apple again made headlines this week with its effort to revolutionize the educational market through the iPad, with an updated version of iBooks and a new app for iTunes U. Combined with the Mac-based iBooks Author, the company is poised to help put iPads in thousands more schools across the United States and indeed, even more worldwide.
The dust has settled, everyone has cleared out of the Guggenheim in New York City, and we all know Apple’s education plans, which include an update to iBooks and new iBooks Author and iTunes U apps. Before we switch back to gossip about the next iPad or even the iPhone 5, let’s address the rest of today’s news, which includes the unfortunate (and unsurprising) bankruptcy of photo legend Kodak. Here’s the rest of the news for this Thursday, January 19, 2012.
Apple hit the Guggenheim stage in The Big Apple this morning with a media event focused on the educational market. That may not excite many Cupertino fans, but it’s enough to stimulate the tech world, which has been abuzz in the days leading up to the event, complete with speculation about how Apple might be able to reinvent it.