Apple’s education event today in New York City was rather overwhelming, so we’ve got the complete recap of what was unveiled. The three primary focuses at the event were on the introduction of iBooks 2, iTunes U for iPad, and iBooks Author for Mac. As widely speculated, iBooks 2 has a new section dedicated to interactive textbooks for iPad, which Apple’s promotional video explained in rather heartwarming fashion.
Leading K – 12 publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education have already created multi-touch textbooks that are available from the iBookstore, while Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and many post-secondary institutions will soon begin to do the same. These textbooks can be synced with your Mac or PC by updating to the freshly released iTunes 10.5.3. Last, but not least, iBooks Author for Mac is the “GarageBand for eBooks” that was rumored about prior to the event getting underway. And that’s a wrap.