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  • Apple to Require Publishers to assign an "Interest-Age" to Educational iBooks

    To help aid with content discovery in its iBookstore, Apple will be requiring publishers to assign an “interest-age” to e-books distributed to children, teens and young adults, including titles tagged as “educational.” As Apple moves forward with its iBooks education initiative, the digital storefront is reaching an entirely new audience of young readers. This is especially true given the company’s 2013 iTunes rules revision that allows pre-teens to open an account for educational purposes.

    In a notice sent out through iTunes Connect, Apple informed publishers and developers that interest age information will be a required asset for all book deliveries in Juvenile Fiction; Children’s, Young Adult and Educational; and Jeunesse. The rule will be implemented from June 2014. No explanation was given as to the interest-age addition, though it can be speculated that Apple is looking to direct young readers to age-appropriate content.

    Another thing that was mentioned was the expansion of textbook availability to 51 territories served by iBooks. Apple announced the educational push into Asia, Latin America and Europe last month. The service announcement came two years after Apple first launched its digital textbook initiative which sought to transform the iPad into a dynamic learning tool.

    Source: Apple via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Require Publishers to assign an "Interest-Age" to Educational iBooks started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      Feanor64 -
      Well when I was a kid I never looked at stuff that was recommended for me. I always grabbed older stuff. Graphic novels instead of comic books. Coffee instead of koolaid. High school girls instead of junior high. Unreal tournament instead of Mario. Hey wait this article is about educational crap. Hhhmm. All a kid needs to learn is about the rise and power of western civilization and how to make waffles!!! And maybe grammar LOL