Apple's iBooks 2 app went live on Friday with a new feature aimed at reinventing educational textbooks. Textbooks designed for the iPad are now available at the iBooks store. While there are already thousands of apps in the App Store that put the iPad's potential to use for educational purposes, Apple's going a step further to eliminate the need for a backpack to carry numerous heavy textbooks.
Apple has struck deals with major textbook publishers McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and has provided a free textbook publishing program for other third-party publishers to add their content to iBooks.
Apple doesn't want iBooks textbooks to simply be digital copies of printed books. Publishers can incorporate interactive images, 3D graphics, and videos into their digital textbooks.