Apple Garageband for eBooks Likely to Debut at Education Event This Thursday

January 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When Apple sent invitations for a media event scheduled on Thursday, everybody almost reached the peaks of expectation thinking it could be a major hardware release after the demise of the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs in last October.

However, the enthusiasm subsided as the envelope was opened and sources were contacted.

It will be just an educational event to be held at Guggenheim Museum in New York City with Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue handling the key presentation, they said.  But now leak points around Apple say that the event, though focused on education, will have some stuff worth looking at.

There are reports that the major academic publisher McGraw-Hill had been working with the Cupertino giant for the project since last June and the results of the collaboration, in all likeliness will be unveiled on Thursday. Though the exact news is not clear, it is heard that a major part of Thursday’s announcement will be a new publishing tool for eBooks.

As per tipster information, Apple, in all likelihood, will release anything but an app which can be rightfully called a Garageband to author and publish eBooks. That means making eBooks will be as simple as other Garageband business.

Well, there is chance for more stuff to come up on Thursday. The iPad maker is expected to announce its plans to expand its support to the ePub 3 standard also. Publishers will be more interested in taking part in the event since it is also expected to open the gates to the wonderful world of authoring interactive eBooks.

Well, the event will kick start at 10:00 AM Eastern / 7:00 AM Pacific on January 19th. Stay tuned, we shall bring the news hot to you, if Apple is going to redefine e-textbooks at Guggenheim.

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