January 19th 2012
By Mike Flaminio
Also at its education event Thursday Apple announced iBooks Author. The tool is free and available on the Mac App Store. It's designed to essentially be a content creation tool similar to Apple's iWork apps. Users will be able to import Microsoft Word files, Keynote presentations and other content into templates for rich, interactive books. Geared towards text books, the tool should also be handy for anyone looking to create and publish an ebook.
After it's all said and done, users can then export their projects to the iBookstore. Interestingly, text books will sell for $14.99 or less. Such a system would really rethink the whole model of how schools buy text books. Apple says the books are always current and students get their own copy to keep forever.