Apple to Introduce ‘GarageBand for Ebooks’ [RUMOR]
Apple is scheduled to host an education-related event Jan. 19 — shrouded with a veil of mystery, as always. A new report from Ars Technica says the company is about to unveil a set of tools to create interactive ebooks.
Previous rumors said Apple will show no new devices, and that the event will center around Apple’s new partnerships with textbook publishers.
If this new report is true, the event might turn out to be much more significant. Ars Technica‘s sources say Apple’s about to present new authoring tools described as “GarageBand for ebooks,” making it easy for everyone to create interactive digital books. The company also plans to expand its platform to distribute these ebooks to iPhone and iPad users.
Apple, who currently supports the ePub 2 ebook standard (with some additions) is also expected to announce support for the ePub 3 standard for iBooks.
This venture is described as the pet project of Steve Jobs, who – according to Walter Isaacson‘s biography – believed the textbook industry is ripe for “digital destruction.” According to Ars Technica‘s sources, Jobs was very closely involved on the project and has worked on it for several years.
Mashable will be reporting from the event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Jan. 19.
Originally published by Mashable. Read the original story here.