Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving
the use of technology in education at its special media event on
Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on
digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to
Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive
e-books — the “GarageBand for e-books,” so to speak — and expand
its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users.
Never underestimate the importance of good authoring tools. A good “GarageBand for e-books” could do for the iBooks platform what Xcode and the Cocoa Touch frameworks have done for the App Store.