As announced at Apple’s e-book related event in New York City on Thursday, iBooks 2 textbooks available on the iPad will be offered at a considerable discount over conventional paper-based books. Prices for digital textbooks from major publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill will max out at $14.99, some costing even less.
The list of Pearson titles announced at NYC media event includes Biology, Environmental Science, Algebra I and Geometry, which are used by over 4 million high school students. On McGraw Hill’s part, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry, Algebra I and Geometry titles are offered on the iBookstore as of today.
Moreover, DK Publishing released four books on Thursday: “My First ABCs” for young kids, “Natural History Animals,” “Natural History Insects” and “Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life”. The iBookstore also offers “Life on Earth” from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The first chapter of the book can be downloaded for free, with future chapters available at “a very aggressive price” once completed.
In a video accompanying Thursday’s announcement, Apple noted that today students use roughly the same tools for learning that were common in 1950. The company hopes to bring the learning process to a new level by offering inexpensive and dynamic digital textbooks for the iPad. With the newly unveiled iBooks Author, e-book creation is poised to become a smoother and faster experience.