Apple to Launch Revolutionary Digital TextBooks at Education Event
We had heard about the NYC Media Event that Apple planned a couple weeks ago, but hadn't heard much else about it until now. As it happens, Wall Street Journal is reporting they have more information on what we should be expecting to see. We knew the event was centered around media and most likely, 'publishing'. Now we learn that the event will be what "Newsstand did for iPad", in what will be digitally published textbooks for education. This advancement would put traditional publishing and printed materials for textbooks to bed. Which is probably the only bad side to this legacy of Steve Jobs.
There's also another advancement here besides just turning textbooks into ebooks for the iPad. Ars Technica’s Chris Foresman summed his thoughts on the media event as "GarageBand for ebooks". What he means is, people will be able to compile their own textbooks as well, making their text ebook specific to what they need to learn from. I'm sure we've all been through a class where the teacher only went over part of the textbooks we all had our parents pay full price for at the beginning of the school year. A move like this could save families a lot of money on the general cost of education, thus allowing education to be much more attainable for those in low income brackets of society.
What we see on Thursday January 19th 2012 in NYC could be another way Apple is changing the way we do things for the better, and for our future.