iBooks Author gets a competitor-Inkling Habitat

Apple reinvented the textbook with iBooks 2 but to create books publishers had to use iBooks Author.

iBooks author was a great mac app which was easy to use and really productive. Only a few days later iBooks Author has a competitor-Inkling Habitat.

Complete details about the Inkling Habitat are available here.

Publishers can also take part in the early adopters program to get early access to this software.

Apple reinvents textbooks with iBooks 2

As expected, Apple’s “education announcement” in today’s event gave us – and certainly several students – something to cheer about with the introduction of a new category in the iBookstore called “textbooks”. And this, in fact, is iBooks 2!

With iBooks 2 you can display books with videosĀ as well as other interactive content, though the real intention of the Cupertino-based company is not yet clear considering only a few students own iPads. And this, to be very frank, isn’t incentive enough to purchase one.

Apart from iBooks 2, Apple has also launched a new app on the Mac App Store called iBooks Author — an app that allows people to create their own electronic textbooks on their Mac.

To kickstart their latest educational expedition, Apple has launched two high school textbooks — Biology and Environmental Science — one from Pearson PLC and five from McGraw-Hill. They will cost $15 or less, said Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing.