From an educational standpoint, this is significant.
The new “share” function from highlighting allows for the exchange of text within a book via Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook or allows a reader to copy for pasting elsewhere. Because of this, the world’s classroom just got a lot bigger. And with the release of the iPad mini, it’s going to grow even faster.
As we’ve mentioned before, a superintendent with $1 million to spend on hardware before the iPad mini, could spend those funds and purchase 2,000 iPads. Because the iPad mini is priced lower, a superintendent can now buy 3,000 iPad mini units for roughly the same $1 million. Apple‘s strategy clearly was to offer a lower-priced unit that could be smaller in size and not compromise usability–after all, elementary and middle school kid fingers are smaller, so it was a perfect fit. And think about this, what demographic has the most growth potential in the use of social media?
Social Media In An iBooks 3 Book For iPad
We’ve said it before on this site, but it is worth repeating. The Social Media component in a book for iPad means a reader now can ask a classmate, parent, teacher or maybe even the book’s author a question about something within the book. Think about the power of that development? Think about being a student and you get to a part in a book you don’t understand and you leave a note for a classmate, the teacher or even the author and ask for further explanation! That’s mind boggling compared to what happened in education just 10-15 years ago, let alone a month ago before this capability was introduced.
Using the iBooks 3 Social Media Tools
As you might expect, using the iBooks 3 Social Media tools is easy. A reader just highlights a portion of text they want to share by rubbing their finger over it. Up will pop a dialogue box to color it with a virtual highlighter or underline it, and then the reader has the option to click a MORE button that will lead to a SHARE button. From there, up pops various Social Media icons. From there, the reader picks which one to use and goes through necessary logins and addressing and sends the information along with any messages intended.
It’s that easy. It’s that powerful. It’s going to change how learning is done in the worldwide classroom. And just think, if you don’t have an iPad or iPad mini, you’re missing it.
Thank you for reading our series of posts, What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad. You’re welcome to download a free copy of it for your iPad or iPad Mini, or you can download a free version of the book so you can read more about these powerful developments in books for iPad. Our company is located in Dallas, Texas, USA, and we are a designer and publisher of these special books for iPad. Yes, the iBooks Author software is available free to use. And nowadays, most people can get their hands on a copy of Photoshop, but that doesn’t make a person an expert at Photoshop. Likewise, we have found throughout 2012, that making books for iPad isn’t just something one plops down and does. There are tricks to the process. An entirely different way of thinking is necessary in designing such a book. This isn’t like a traditional book, and it’s not even like one you’d write for a Kindle or Nook.
That is why we continually offer our services and encourage you, our readers, who may be considering making a book for iPad, to contact us and let’s talk about how to build it for you. You can reach us today by calling 972-863-8784 or by using the book submission form at the top of this page. Thank you. More posts coming Monday!