Usually when someone raves about a book, it’s about plot, or character development, or imagery. It’s rarely about ease of download or file transfer.
But today (actually no one’s really sure when) Apple changed something and now getting iBooks into your iPad is easier than using a library card.
And this is great news if you teach, have 1000′s of eBooks, and a classroom of 25 kids who read.
There are really 2 problems here: Where are you storing those books?? (I hope it’s not your iPad, or worse your computer) and how do you share them with all the kids? (You’re on your own with the teaching part).
If you shared last week, you needed iTunes, sync cables, a computer, and maybe email. Students waited in line as you transferred iBooks from your computer, one iPad at a time. This makes WaterBoarding look like Quality Time.
Today, forget iTunes, ditch the sync cable, and bypass the computer entirely as you move eBooks directly from web (or email if someone gifts you) to iPad, wirelessly.
Here’s a true story:
I felt like a little Vonnegut.
On a quick trip to www.epubooks.com (free ebooks) I found To Be or Naught to Be – a sci-fi thriller about a future where dying’s been “cured” until you dial 2-B-R-0-2-B for assistance. Whoa!
I tapped Download EPUB (to guarantee page turning magic) and then tapped the Download to iBooks button that suddenly appeared. And there’s the happy ending.
And if you have DropBox (everyone should, it’s free) you can download directly from there too, and secure a place to store that 1,000 eBook iBrary you’re building, neatly shelved, waiting for transfer. When you turn that last page, hit delete and make room for the next.
In your class of 25, they’d go to your DropBox collection and download this week’s Special to their iPads, anywhere, anytime; no overdue or per student book charges (besides FREE, EPUBS are open with no sharing restrictions).
Your iBrary really gets traction when students start making their own iBooks, something even a first grader can do with a Mac and Pages software. Imagine Lab experiments complete with illustrations, even videos that play as you turn the pages; Science reports will never be the same, especially if students include a few clips from Discovery Education’s archives.
Maybe now we can go back to raving about plot and character development in The Life of Robert Goddard, an iTEXTBook YOU wrote about rocket scientists, complete with a video appearance, with some help from a first grader.