To achieve the goal of providing students with weightless , interactive textbooks, Apple released the iBook 2 app. iBook 2 app brings completely digitalized and content rich textbooks to iPads.

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Pearson, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are already supplying digital versions of their most used textbooks to iBook 2, more will follow.

Aside from their many distinguished qualities, iBook textbooks are also quite inexpensive. Most books are only $15.00, as opposed to the hundreds of dollars one may have to pay for a physical textbook.

The application also has a derivative app, the iBook Author. The iBook Author allows  anyone from professors to students  to create their very own textbooks using images, videos, and text.

The iBook app is now available in the iTunes store.