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Apple launches drag and drop iBooks 2 educational creation software

Cupertino based technology outfit Apple has unveiled its latest offering, iBook2, which is a move that is likely to turn the company's massively popular iPad tablet, into an alternative platform of school textbooks.

Alongside the new offering, the company has also redesigned its U program for teachers to create courses, only now making it more suitable for sharing multimedia educational content.

As of now, the available textbooks include the likes of "Environmental Science" and "Biology" from Pearson, as well as "Chemistry" and "Algebra 1" from McGraw Hill. All of these digital learning materials have lots of interactive elements as well as illustrated videos, claime Apple.

"It's not a big surprise that students get excited to learn on the iPad - it was No. 1 on teen's wish lists this holiday," Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller stated to the Verge.

According to reports, there are more than 1.5 million iPads in use for educational purposes today. There are also 20,000 education apps too, as well as a rather massive collection of digital books in the iBookstore. This pretty much explains the fact that Apple has some rather big plans for increasing its stake in the e-learning domain.