You know that media event Apple plans on throwing later this month in New York City, featuring Senior VP Eddy Cue? Well, more details have leaked out, and it appears we were right: Apple’s preparing to revolutionize textbooks.
Over at his blog, Clayton Morris reports:
Here is what I know from sources involved:
• This event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education
• I learned of the event back in September when it was originally scheduled for late Fall in New York but it was eventually postponed.
• The event will be in New York rather than in the Silicon Valley because New York is more centrally located for textbook and publishing.
• This initiative has been in the making for years.
• The announcement will be small in size but large in scope: a big announcement in a demure space.
• I expect at least two large project announcements as they relate to Apple in education.
• Steve Jobs was intinimately involved with this project before his passing. He gave a hat tip to the textbook side of this project in the Isaacson biography.
This will not be a hardware-related announcement.
The hat tip Isaacson gave in his biography was that Steve Jobs wants to hire great textbook writers to create original digital textbooks, and make them an exclusive feature of the iPad. If this is indeed what Apple has planned, it looks like they plan on making a major push to make the iPad ubiquitous in higher education classrooms. Very exciting.