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First iBooks 2 titles met with disappointment, lack interactivity

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First iBooks 2 titles met with disappointment, lack interactivity
Impressive, to say the least, is the attention that Apple's iBooks 2 has attracted over the past few days. Only three days after its introduction last week, an excess of 350,000 digital textbooks have been downloaded by those eager to experience education from Apple's perspective.

However, while the concept of interactive textbooks sounds great in theory, the initial real life experience appears to be disappointing to some. Slader, for example, which is an online academic community for high-school students, did a comparison between a traditional math textbook and its digital alternative. Sadly, the virtual textbook had pretty much nothing to stand out with as it was more or less identical to the paper one.

It’s akin to reading a PDF copy of the printed textbooks that exist in classrooms today. The interactive features promised are virtually nonexistent. Beyond the usual iPad features (highlighting and in-page definitions), there’s nothing new included in the publishers’ math iBooks.  

A number of users rate iBooks 2 titles with one star

A number of users rate iBooks 2 titles with one star

Apparently, despite having tools powerful enough to redefine learning through interactive content, some publishers are relying on the same old textbook experience. The lack of interactivity is underwhelming, especially when one needs to allot about a gigabyte of their storage capacity per textbook.

Individuals who have also given the new books a shot appear to be dissatisfied as well, judging by the number of one-star reviews that have started piling up. Again, the lack of interactivity is the main concern.

Has anyone of you tried any of the books in iBooks 2? Feel free to share your experience with us by dropping a comment.

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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 08:01

1. meetmadzky (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


That's a bit disappointing. Interactive element must have been prepared before iBooks 2 to avoid this. It's a factor to which the subject can be well appreciated.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 17:21

2. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Expectations were too high; the good news is there is room for improvement. I'm still blown about by the free textbook -- it's unlike any textbook I've used.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 20:44

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I want the old iBooks back

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 20:46

4. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Same here the free text book was pretty epic. I don't see this being of much use in maths. However civil, mechanical , electrical engineering and medicine could definitely benefit from the added interaction. My current lectures use some generic flash animations to get the point across but with this new level of interaction I think a lot can be done. That quote u have maybe a bit premature.

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