Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.
iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.
For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.
Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”
For several minutes the first Apple Special Event of 2012 starts. In the past week, Apple sent out invitations to selected U.S. media representatives today for a special event. “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple” was on the invitation card, the background was the New York skyline, including the Apple logo visible. From 16 clock Apple announced today at the Guggenheim Museum, the first news of the year.
The invitation card to indicate it already. Apple does anything in the “education” in the shields. The only question is “what?”. In recent days there have been rumors that Apple might introduce. Fueled by statements in the official Steve Jobs biography, shot himself in the rumor mill quickly to the issue of school books. Several sources, including the Wal Street Journal, as supplemented, that developer tools for the creation and distribution of textbooks will be presented. A collaboration has been named among other things, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Eddy Cue, and Roger Rosner should be represented on stage by Apple.
@techmeme A little birdie told me that Roger Rosner will announce Pages '12, iBooks 2 (with Lion support) and textbook rentals in NYC today.
Shortly before closing gates throws Jason D. O’Grady a few rumors in the room, which he claims to have heard just before the event. He announced via Twitter that he had a little bird twittered that 12 pages, 2 iBooks will be presented today (with the support of OS X Lion) and textbooks on loan in New York.
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As first reported by The Loop, Apple sent out invites today for a special media event held in New York City next Thursday, Jan. 19. The invitation’s graphic shows the familiar New York skyscraper motif, adorned with the Apple logo silhouette and the tagline:
Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.
The invite arrives following a flurry of speculation pertaining to the nature of the event, which was first hinted by AllThingsD. The publication reported on Jan. 2 that Apple’s presser will not be huge —at least not compared to the company’s splashy theatrical announcements—nor will it cover any iPad or Apple TV hardware news.
Instead, it will focus on iBooks, another report said. With education the focus, this leaves iBooks and perhaps textbooks, another market Jobs wanted to disrupt, as the main attraction. The presser is said to involve Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose recently expanded responsibilities now include the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud and iBooks.