Thoughts from a reflective educator.
So as expected, Apple announced their new textbooks for the iPad.
I've been doing some research into ebooks for our school during this year, and I've come to the conclusion that ebooks are not ready for schools.
In the past few years, there has been a push for open source content, and enough resources have been created so that schools can completely do away with the traditional textbook. However, adoption of open source content has been low, and the vast majority of schools are still relying on tradtional textbooks.
The old paper form of a textbook is certain to die. I'm sure of it.
The new form of a "textbook" has a feature list that turns the textbook from something people read to something people experience. Note that this feature list isn't fantasy, nearly all of these features already exist in some form.
Here are the features I think every textbook should have.