Apple will focus tomorrow’s NYC event on digital textbook publishing tools and talk about tools that will make publishing interactive textbooks and other digital educational content a lot easier. Bloomberg found this out by two anonymous sources that weren’t authorized to speak about the event and its focus publicly. Bloomberg’s article reveals that the sources mentioned that Apple’s plans are “re aimed at broadening the educational materials available for the iPad, especially for students in kindergarten to 12th grade.”
By focusing more on the educational values of the tablet, Apple hopes to get a piece of the pie of the $10-billion-a-year textbook industry. It always wants to encourage students to use tablets instead of heavy books that can often be very expensive and to switch over to digital books that can be updated anywhere via the Web. Apple’s new software is supposed to be designed for authors to be able to easily publish their content in a digital format, similar to what Amazon.com does with its direct publishing tools, the sources also told Bloomberg. The event goes down tomorrow at 10AM Eastern.