Thursday, 26 January 2012
Apples iPad Textbooks: Everything You Need to Know About iBooks 2
Apples iPad Textbooks: Everything You Need to Know About iBooks 2.
When I first heard of the iPad and the digital readers such as Kindle, I could see the possibilities for both fiction and non-fiction.
The possibilities for non-fiction and text books are obvious - more interactive content, rich with multimedia, and links to other resources and possibilities for annotation and collaboration offering a better learning experience.
The possibilities for fiction are also interesting. It won't be too long before more interactive fiction appears, with multimedia content and links to external resources and material. I was thinking it might be analogous to video games - such as Grand Theft Auto IV. You have the main storyline, but alongside that runs other 'missions' and side stories which introduce a range of other characters and broadens the profile of the main character. I can see fiction including such references to the back story of characters, and side stories, as well as ambient sounds, news footage, metadata and so forth.