With Apple’s education media event set to take place in New York tomorrow, last minute speculation and apparent leaks have made their way to to the web. Last night sources told Bloomberg Apple will debut tools to allow easy creation of digital textbooks, something we heard earlier from the WSJ.
At an event in New York tomorrow, Apple will announce a set of tools that make it easier to publish interactive textbooks and other digital educational content, said two people with knowledge of the announcement, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
The plans, to be unveiled by Apple Internet software chief Eddy Cue, are aimed at broadening the educational materials available for the iPad, especially for students in kindergarten to 12th grade, the people said. By setting its sights on the $10 billion-a-year textbook industry, Apple is using the tablet to encourage students to shun costly tomes that weigh down backpacks in favor of less-expensive, interactive digital books that can be updated anywhere via the Web.
Also stated by sources are plans by Apple to release a modified version of the ePub standard that is currently used by existing publishers.
Project ‘Bliss’ Inspired by Al Gore?
AppleInsider has received tips tomorrow’s event would introduce an e-textbook project that is currently codenamed ‘Bliss’, and was inspired by Al Gore’s previously released e-book, ‘Our Choice’:
The person who contacted AppleInsider indicated that Apple’s Internet software chief, Eddy Cue, is responsible for the distribution side of the new e-textbook initiative. But Rosner is said to be in charge of development of the editor used to create digital textbooks, as well as the reading software that will allow students and teachers to view the files.
The person said the internal code-name for the project is “Bliss,” and said the software will allow publishers to make textbooks more interactive.
Tomorrow’s media event is set to take place at 10AM EST/7AM PST at Guggenheim Museum. Stay tuned!
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