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Expo Notes: KiteReaders’ new interactive kids ebook promotes cultural awareness

Based on the book, What Does it Mean to be Global? by Rana DiOrio, the new Be Global ebook introduces kids to different cultures around the world.

Hands on with iBooks 2

With the updated iBooks 2 -- and interactive textbooks -- now available for download, we take the iOS app out for a test drive. What we found were stunning images and impressive graphics in these iPad-optimized textbooks that make printed volumes feel out-of-date.

Apple puts iPad at head of the class

A summary of Apple's Thursday announcements, including iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and the new iTunes U app.

iTunes update adds interactive textbook compatibility

Apple on Thursday launched iTunes 10.5.3, an update that allows users to sync the company's new iBooks 2 interactive textbooks between their computer and iPad.

Apple unveils iTunes U app

At the Apple education event on Thursday, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Jeff Robbin unveiled the iTunes U app, a new way for students and teachers to manage course material for classes on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Apple releases iBooks 2 with support for interactive textbooks

At Thursday's education-themed Apple event at the Guggenheim museum, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Roger Rosen introduced iBooks 2. The updated iOS app heads the first of two education initiatives unveiled by Apple Thursday.

Mac, iOS products abound at CES's Digital Experience

Before the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off on Tuesday, gadget makers show off their wares at Monday night's Digital Experience. Serenity Caldwell and Alexandra Chang visited the showcase, looking for standout Mac and iOS products.

Amazon introduces iPad Kindle Store

Amazon skirted Apple's restrictive App Store policies on Tuesday by launching a Web-based, iPad-optimized Kindle store.

Chinese writers sue Apple for allegedly hosting pirated ebooks

A group of Chinese writers has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company's App Store sells pirated versions of the authors' works.

Amazon adds magazines, PDF support to Kindle iOS app

Version 2.9 of the universal Kindle app adds magazine and PDF support, along with the ability to email documents for reading on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

2011 App Gems

We've announced our App Gems Awards for 2011. Now get the inside scoop on which iOS apps captured our attention in the past year.

Skulls by Simon Winchester comes to the iPad

Noggins are beautiful. At least, that seems to be the point of Skulls by Simon Winchester, a new iPad app that features three-dimensional presentations of more than 300 animal crania.

DOJ investigating ebook pricing, official says

According to the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, the federal agency is investigating anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of e-books, joining the European Union.

Apple updates iBooks app with new fonts and a Night reading theme

Late on Tuesday, Apple updated its iBooks iOS app with several new features, as well as including some stability and performance improvements.

EU launches Apple ebook antitrust probe

The European Union's antitrust regulator is investigating whether Apple colluded with other ebook publishers to minimize competition, in violation of EU law.