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Tomorrow’s Apple event to focus on digital textbook publishing tools, says Bloomberg

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
We’ve already seen some rumors about what Apple has in store for its education-minded announcement in New York City tomorrow, and now Bloomberg is out with a report of its own that backs up some of those earlier rumblings and offers a few new details. Citing two people with knowledge of the announcement, it says that the main focus of the event will be a set of tools that will “make it easier to publish interactive textbooks and other digital educational content.” That not only includes tools for the big textbook publishers, but self-publishers as well — Bloomberg gives the example of teachers preparing materials for that week’s lesson, or scientists and historians who could publish professional-looking content without a publishing deal. According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is expected to use a modified version of the ePub standard for the content, and that it’s main focus is on the K-12 market.

In case you needed a reminder, we’ll be there live to report on the announcement as it happens — the event gets underway tomorrow at 10AM Eastern.

Tomorrow’s Apple event to focus on digital textbook publishing tools, says Bloomberg originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tomorrow’s Apple event to focus on digital textbook publishing tools, says Bloomberg

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
We’ve already seen some rumors about what Apple has in store for its education-minded announcement in New York City tomorrow, and now Bloomberg is out with a report of its own that backs up some of those earlier rumblings and offers a few new details. Citing two people with knowledge of the announcement, it says that the main focus of the event will be a set of tools that will “make it easier to publish interactive textbooks and other digital educational content.” That not only includes tools for the big textbook publishers, but self-publishers as well — Bloomberg gives the example of teachers preparing materials for that week’s lesson, or scientists and historians who could publish professional-looking content without a publishing deal. According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is expected to use a modified version of the ePub standard for the content, and that it’s main focus is on the K-12 market.

In case you needed a reminder, we’ll be there live to report on the announcement as it happens — the event gets underway tomorrow at 10AM Eastern.

Tomorrow’s Apple event to focus on digital textbook publishing tools, says Bloomberg originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kno receives new funding for its humongous dual-screened tablet, still hoping to ship this year

Friday, September 10th, 2010
Kno receives new funding for its humongous dual-screened tablet, still hoping to ship this year

If you need a tablet with presence you need the Kno. Its dual capacitive 14-inch IPS displays, each clocking in at 1,440 x 990, make this thing closer to a Surface than a Courier and surely present some unique challenges when it comes to pricing. Kno, the company, plans to sell it by the end of the year for an MSRP of under $1,000, and a new $46 million injection in financing should go a long way toward making that happen. Kno’s primary market is education, offering partnerships with various textbook publishers and functionality that’s focused more on research and less on quelling the rage of disgruntled birds. But, will the college kids want to make room in their organic hemp messenger bags for this monster? And, will their parents pay a grand for the thing?

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Textbook publishers prepare content for iPad/e-ink readers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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Major textbook publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Kaplan, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K-12, have completed a deal with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to prepare their textbook offerings for digital outlets like the iPad. Textbook publishers, having seen the impact of technology and the internet on the newspaper industry, are desperately trying to stay ahead of the technology curve and viable well into the 21st century. Rik Kranenburg, group president of higher eduction at McGraw-Hill had this to say: “Nobody knows what device will take off, or which ‘killer app’ will drive student adaptations. Today they aren’t reading e-textbooks on their laptops. But ahead we see all kinds of new instruction materials.” The Wall Street Jounal, citing a report by research firm Compass Intelligence, predicts technology spending among educational institutions will increase $14.3 billion over a five year period (tracked from 2008 to 2013); a figure publishing companies clearly are not going to ignore. Check out the WSJ article for all the details.

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