In my technical writing course this fall, we’re using the iBooks version of Mike Markel’s Technical Communication (Amazon for the print version) — a book I’ve taught with before, and one that I really enjoy. I anticipate some problems with the iBooks version on the iPad, though. Of course, it’s going to be awesome to be able to click from the table of contents to a section, and to flip through, and to change the font size. However, certain design flaws will create problems: images are fairly static and don’t resize much, which means that captions, descriptions, and other text within those images will be difficult to read. Additionally, while ebooks are cool, the iBooks app doesn’t really tap into the potentials of an iPad (connectivity!).
There’s a new iPad app called Inkling that looks really cool, and i wish Markel was on there. Here’s a video:
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