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Design Science has announced Apple has consen MathType as the equation editor for its new iBooks Author application for the Macintosh. MathType allows authors to create e-books that include mathematical notation for the iPad. more
Apple made several announcements this morning relating to the development of interactive textbooks for education. The company announced a new initiative involving a iBooks Author, a new, free app designed for interactive book development for the iPad, as well as agreements with major textbook publishing companies McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education to develop such books--and a few are available now. The company is also working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to develop educational books. Apple says the new textbooks and others developed with the app will be integrated with material available through iTunes University. more
According to results from a recent Book Industry Study Group survey, 75% of college students said they prefer printed texts over electronic, citing a fondness for print's look and feel, permanence, and resale value. The survey also says most of the 12% of respondents who prefer e-books over print materials are male and often MBA candidates or distance learners. These respondents cited reasons such as lower cost, convenience, and portability. more
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