No more heavy books!
The thing I recall most from college was hefting a hundred pounds of books back and forth across the campus. I also recall the store not having enough of the books to sell all the students in some classes what they needed. Apple has reinvented textbooks and the move is a great thing. The reinvention comes with the launch of iBooks 2 for the iPad.
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Apple has deals in place with major textbook publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson that will put digital versions of textbooks on the iBookstore for students to pick up. Digital version of the book means that rather than a 50-pound backpack, you can carry around the iPad and have all your stuff.
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Here is the big news though; most of the textbooks will sell for $14.99 or less. That is a fraction of what many print texts cost. Apple has also unveiled iBooks Author that will allow people using a Mac to create stunning textbooks. The iBooks 2 app is available for download right now. I wish digital textbooks were around when I was in school.