Apple introduces iBooks textbooks for iPad

Last week at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Apple introduced its iBooks textbooks for the iPad. They also introduced iBooks Author, which is user friendly ebook authoring software that enables users to create their own interactive textbooks.

Numerous tech blogs are saying that in just a few days there have been 350,000 textbook downloads from iBooks, not to mention 90,000 downloads of iBooks Author. Many are mesmerized, but naturally there are some skeptics; mainly when it comes to distribution to and re-use by students. How will textbooks be distributed to students? Will the concept of used textbooks be a thing of the past? How will libraries circulate these interactive textbooks?

See the C|NET News report on the Guggenheim Museum event:

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