Apple targets textbooks, education

iTunes update adds interactive textbook compatibility

As executives were outlining Apple’s education initiatives Thursday morning, the company also took care of a little housekeeping, in the form of an iTunes update that lets users sync newly available interactive textbooks between their computer and iPad.

Thursday’s introduction of iBooks 2 during Apple's education-centric press event introduced multimedia-rich books that feature images, databases, videos and 3D models alongside traditional text. Those books are now available from a new Textbooks section of Apple’s iBookstore.

iTunes 10.5.3, also released Thursday, allows users to download those books from the iTunes Store on a Mac or directly from the iBookstore on an iPad, syncing them to the Apple tablet.

In addition to the updated Mac version of iTunes, Apple released a similar update for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users.

The free update is available from Apple’s support site and through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

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