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There is no doubt Apple has revolutionized the world. From the way we communicate, listen to music, use the computer and play games. Now it is changing the way we learn with its latest update to iBooks which introduced iBooks 2. This next generation of iBooks gives users the ability to download textbooks, for a fraction of the cost publishers charge for the hard copies. Although the app is universal, iBooks 2 is only available for use on iPads.
When I was in school (keep in mind I only graduated two and a half yeas ago) I would go online, check websites to find the cheapest place I could buy my books, use them occasionally for class, then at the end of the semester try and sell them back to the school for about one tenth of the price I paid for it. Not only did I waste significant amounts of time, I wasted money and not to mention paper on a book that would become obsolete once the newer version came out.
Today, iBooks 2 gives students the capability to not only buy books at a significantly cheaper price and increases the learning potential with every page. I downloaded the free book "Life on Earth" just to see what the buzz is all about. This textbook not only has videos to enhance a reader's capability to comprehend certain subject matter but also interactive illustrations to, for example, see zoom in on molecules.
This app has the potential to change the way students learn, and save them significant amounts of money. This app has outstanding color resolution, and is easy to use. At the bottom of the screen there is a scroll bar of pages in order to make searching for the desired page more efficient for the reader.
This app will not only be beneficial for students but also to those of us who are no longer in school and wish to learn new subjects. With each textbook purchased, it will be almost like having a tutor on your screen.
One thing that will be missed is the capability to take notes in the book, feel the pages between your fingers and of course flip quickly back to the section of your choice. But the cost benefit is so significant it cannot be ignored.
AppPicker Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
App Store link: iBooks