The textbook dilemma.

For hundreds of years, textbooks have put a world of knowledge in the hands of students. But while the way people learn has changed dramatically, the traditional textbook has stayed the same.

Some things don’t get better with age.

Paper textbooks are expensive to produce and expensive for schools to buy. Which is why schools are forced to use a book for several years to make the finances work. But information changes so quickly that some textbooks are out of date almost before they’re published. And as books are passed along from one student to the next, they get more highlighted, dog-eared, tattered and worn.

Heavy backpacks. Weighed-down students.

It’s no secret that paper textbooks are heavy. But what you may not know is that backpack weight is an increasing problem among kids. Studies show that heavy backpacks can lead to both chronic back pain and poor posture — and many kids are carrying a quarter of their body weight in textbooks.

The textbook transformation.

Today’s students have grown up completely immersed in technology. iPod, iPad, computer — these are the ways they interact with their world. They need a textbook made for the way they learn.

Textbooks they won’t want to put down.

iBooks textbooks on iPad offer a gorgeous, full-screen experience full of interactive diagrams, photos and videos. No longer limited to static pictures to illustrate the text, now students can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the bottom of the screen. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content and finding definitions in the glossary are just as easy. And with all their books on a single iPad, students will have no problem carrying them wherever they go.

Available with a tap. From the iBookstore on any iPad.

Students can find these Multi-Touch books in the Textbook section of the iBookstore. They can download a sample or purchase the entire book with one tap for a fraction of the price of a paper textbook. Textbooks purchased from the iBookstore are immediately available on their bookshelf, right alongside their other books. They can even get alerts when publishers update content and download new updates to textbooks, at no additional charge.

Textbooks that go way beyond the printed page.

With the Multi-Touch magic of iBooks textbooks, interactive photo galleries bring images to life. Animations burst off the page. And 3D objects rotate with a swipe of a finger. See them in action

3D Images

Readers can manipulate 3D objects with a touch — so instead of seeing a cross section of a brain, they can see all sections. iBooks Author gives book creators the option to adjust the background, allow readers to rotate the object freely or constrain its movement to horizontal or vertical rotation.

Interactive Images

Pictures tell a bigger story when they’re interactive. Callouts and pan-and-zoom features add even more to the experience.

Interactive Galleries

Instead of seeing just one image on the page, readers can swipe through an entire collection of interactive photos and captions with their fingertips. They can navigate the gallery using photo thumbnails or step through images one at a time.

Study partner.

Now that students can truly interact with a textbook, they need a new kind of study aid: one that helps them take notes and review content as they read.

Highlighting and Note-taking

Use a finger as a highlighter when reading any textbook in iBooks. Just swipe over any text or math expression and it’s highlighted. Tap a highlighted section and a palette appears. Change colours, switch to underlining or add a note instantly. Then switch to the Notes view to see all your notes and highlights organized in one place, making it a cinch to search or go back to the highlighted sections of the book.

Study Cards

All your notes and highlights automatically appear on study cards. Flip them over and find the definition of a glossary term or the note attached to the highlighted passage. Choose which highlight colours to review, and include chapter vocabulary from the glossary — automatically. To make sure you really know your stuff, you can shuffle your cards to study.

Textbooks and iTunes U

Educators can include iBooks textbooks in the complete courses they create for the new iTunes U. And the textbooks work seamlessly with the iTunes U app for iPad. For example, students can tap the name of the book in the assignment list to start reading it right away, and notes they take in iBooks will appear along with the other course notes in the iTunes U app.

iBooks Author. The app that rewrote the book.

iBooks Author lets publishers easily create incredible iBooks textbooks for iPad.

Create an interactive book. From an app on your Mac.

With iBooks Author, a free app from the Mac App Store, anyone can make a book for iPad — complete with rich graphics, movies, photo galleries, math expressions, Keynote animations, 3D objects and more.