iBooks 2 Launches

Apple has launched iBooks 2. The new app comes as a free update to the original iBooks app and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Several new features have landed in version 2 which includes multi-touch textbooks that bring diagrams, photos and videos to the user. 3D objects can now be found in books as well as videos and other interactive content.

The full feature list can be found below:

Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks.

• Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
• iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
• Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
• Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textbook
• Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
• Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the page

Apple allows users/publishers to create their own interactive iBooks by using a free app on the Mac called iBooks Author which we just wrote about a few minutes ago.

Grab the app now although don’t be too surprised to see books ranging from 1GB to 3GB in size, so pick wisely.

On the downside, textbooks are only available in the US at the moment.

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