The iBooks iPad app is so much more than a glossy bookcase. It is a place where you can share ePub e-books, PDF files, and student (and teacher) created resources; enabling users to curate & create a library of digital reading material on their iPad.
For: Teachers, Students, Administrators
Requires WiFi?: No for reading. Yes for uploading and sharing content
- Share student work (in PDF or ePub format) with parents and classmates as digital portfolios or yearbooks
- Use the Book Creator app, or iBooks Author (Mac), to create collaborative class books and teaching resources
- Store levelled readers (e.g. www.readinga-z.com) for use in reading centres
- Use the built-in highlighter and sticknotes to practice reading comprehension skills
- Share digital textbooks (requires iTunes 10.5.3 or later)
Teacher Tips: How do I add material to iBooks?
To add PDF and ePub materials to iBooks on your iPad, you can import files via iTunes, import from Dropbox or GoodReader, or save files directly from Safari. It is possible to save and share students’ work in ePub format from other applications, such as Pages for Mac.
You can purchase quality eBooks from the Apple iBooks Store, or find free eBooks on Google, which may be a better option for educators.
Teachers may also like the dotePUB browser bookmarklet (available for Safari), which enables users to save ANY website as an ePub file, which can be added to iBooks via iTunes. (Tip via iPads@Burley).
- How Do I Manage My eBook Library on my iPad?
- Making iPads with Grade 2 on the iPad (using Book Creator)
- ePub: Publishing Your Own iBooks for the iPad