iPhone Life magazine

iBooks and Education

When Apple developed iBooks, the first thing that I thought of was how one app could revolutionize the education market. I imagined all the times I walked a mile across campus carrying 20 lbs. of books and thought what a miracle it could be to students around the world to be able to carry only an iPad.

ComboApp Ltd. is a company that is developing business books for the iPad. Their newest one, a primer for managers on effective assertiveness ($4.99) has exams included to test comprehension and retention. It was even included in Apples New and Noteworthy in the Apple in Business section.

They have a number of business books that really take advantage of iBooks' ability to annotate, bookmark etc. to bring textbooks to life.

I hope this is the beginning of the migration of heavy, expensive textbooks to our beloved iPads. Although I am not naive enough to think that the exensive part of that equation will change by much, but there won't be addtional weight training traveling between classes.

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Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.

Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.