Though the initial success of Apple iPad was in the personal use segment, it’s revolutionized a number of verticals including entertainment, healthcare, education, travel and many more. Last year, Apple further strengthened the iPad positioning in the education segment by launching iBooks 2 – thereby empowering students with a new digital learning mechanism. The company also launched iBooks Author, a free textbook creation and publishing tools to facilitate the process of launching iBooks.
Back then, Apple claimed it was reinventing the textbook. Critics were quick to point out that paper books were still better than iBooks on several fronts. Since then, the iBooks vs. paper books debate has been a hot topic in the education and publishing segments alike. While there’s no doubt that iBooks is a game changer, it would be an overkill to say that we’re ready to go paperless with our education and embrace iBooks in favor of paper books.
To be honest, I think this is an overhyped debate as iBooks vs. paper books isn’t really an either/ or proposition. Here are a few simple arguments to support the theory that iBooks are meant to complement paper books, not replace them in our education system.