Apple iBooks 2 and iBooks Author

Apple announced a pair of education initiatives Thursday that the company hopes will take its iPad to the head of the class. iBooks 2 which arrived on the iOS App Store Thursday, adds support for fullscreen textbooks with interactive animation, charts, photos, and videos.  To encourage others to bring electronic textbooks to the iBookstore, Apple also introduced iBooks Author on Thursday. The free Mac app—available from Apple’s Mac App Store—is a WYSIWYG editor for creating digital textbooks with interactive elements.