Apple Jan. 19 Event Will Focus on Ebook Tools: Report
Apple's Jan. 19 event in New York City will center on tools for creating ebooks, according to a new report. Apple is battling Amazon for share of the ebook industry.Apple's Jan. 19 event in New York City will apparently center on tools for creating ebooks, according to the ever-popular unnamed sources speaking to Ars Technica. "The current state of software tools continues to frustrate authors and publishers alike, with several authors telling Ars that they wish Apple or some other vendor would make a simple app that makes the process as easy as creating a song in GarageBand," read the publication's Jan. 16 posting. "Our sources say Apple will announce such a tool on Thursday."
Rumors about Apple's event have long focused on media and publishing, and perhaps textbooks. Before his death, Apple CEO Steve Jobs harbored an abiding interest in creating some sort of textbook-related product. "He wanted to disrupt the textbook industry and save the spines of spavined students bearing backpacks by creating electronic texts and curriculum material for the iPad," read one passage in Jobs' recent biography by Walter Isaacson. At another point, Jobs "agreed" with News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch that "the paper textbook business would be blown away by digital learning materials."