Will Apple change the future of textbooks?

News is flying around Apple’s new tool to create multimedia textbooks for the iPad. Last week Apple announced its iBooks Author, which allows anyone to create an e-book on the ePub3 platform. Touted as the “Garage Band” app for authors, many think that this could cut e-textbook publishers out of the production loop and make ebooks more affordable for students.

For more on this story, read the arsTechnica article and campus responses to the news in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

What are your thoughts? How will this change the e-textbook landscape?

(Image from Apple iBooks Author)

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