In an education-focused even in New York today, Apple showed of its new version of iBooks and its new creation tool, iBooks Author.
iBooks 2 has a strong focus on textbook design, layout and easy glossary searching. On a default setting, the books will focus on visuals in landscape mode and straight text in portrait mode. Like any good textbook, the Apple versions will have Q&A sections, critical thinking questions and be packed full of features. Also included is a streamlined highlighting system that automatically converts your highlights into study cards. iBooks 2 is available for free in the iTunes App Store right now.
In addition to the new bookstore, Apple also has a new textbook creation app for Mac called iBooks Author. The app tries to make book creation as simple as possible with drag-and-drop functionality. It will be available for free in the Mac App Store today.