Apple to Launch 'Garageband for e-books' on Thursday? [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's education-focused media event is scheduled for this Thursday, and more details seem to be leaking out. Earlier this evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that McGraw-Hill has been working with Apple on this project since last June. Now, ArsTechnica claims that one of the key components of Thursday's announcement is a new publishing tool for eBooks.
    Apple is said to be announcing support for the ePub 3 standard as well, and hopes to open the door for publishers to easily create interactive e-books. Steve Jobs is said to have been intimately involved with the project for several years.

    Apple's media event is being held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Thursday, January 19. It is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Eastern / 7:00 AM Pacific, and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue has been reported to be a key figure in the presentation.

    Update: Fortune claims that the report by Ars Technica, specifically including information from Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis, was "seriously overhyped". In particular, Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt takes exception to the claims that Apple will release a "GarageBand for e-books" to enable simple digital textbook creation, instead claiming that the reference was to a sample app that will be demoed by Apple as an example of what can be done on the platform.
    Article Link: Apple to Launch 'Garageband for e-books' on Thursday? [Updated]
  2. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    That is cool does that mean like anyone can publish a book as loog as its approved by apple? pshhh i could be a millionaire in hours lmao
  3. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA

    Having used GarageBand it isn't that easy.

    I think perhaps they mean 'iWeb for ebooks', which was very simplistic (too much so for my needs)
  4. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    What makes you think everyone would purchase your book?
  5. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm think the book publishers want a program that they can easily use to publish interactive textbooks with.
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The Guggenheim is an interesting location. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, so perhaps they are making a subtle hint at a new "architecture" for textbooks and publishing?
  7. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I guess you haven't used GarageBand for iPad.

    If you still think that is not easy, then maybe you shouldn't write a song. Paint a picture instead :).


    I seriously hope that Apple will once again re-define e-textbooks. All of the current solutions suck big time, adding burden onto all parties including the school, the teachers, and the students.
  8. ejisfun macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    I would love to have all my textbooks as etextbooks. Even if it's just as simple as a pdf that's exactly the same as the written version, no interactive stuff.
  9. damir00 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
  10. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    No one said this "garageband for ebooks" would be ON the iPad. Or did you fail to catch that they are talking about writing the ebooks, not reading them.

    That said, the process doesn't necessarily need another application at all. THey could announced Pages '12 with improved epub templates.


    That's an issue with the publishers. They are the ones that get to decide if, how and how much. Hopefully they are figuring out that there is a market and a means and will do it.
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    telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Pages already exports to ePub, why would another product be needed?

    Edit: As charlituna noted, maybe it's simply going to involve a new version of Pages (something with better iCloud integration is needed anyway).
  12. Thex1138 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    Sydney, Australia

    DIY Books, self publishing, documentation... hmm sounds alright if this is the outcome...:D
  13. dokujaryu macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
    * Waiting to see how the trolls spin this in a negative light. *
  14. FlameofAnor macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    eBooks are presently a bit of a mess....... anyone who has worked with the various traditional layout programs and tried to save out for ePub knows that the translation don't work well. Formatting is poor, which shouldn't be the case at this stage of the game.

    eBooks in general suffer from poor editing and formatting. I'm amazed at the product that is released to the public today. eBooks riddled with typos and other obvious errors. For what publishers are charging for eBooks, there's no excuse for this kind of substandard product.

    If Apple can release a quality eBook creation program, then I for one, will be happy to embrace it.
  15. SandynJosh macrumors 68000

    Oct 26, 2006
    I mostly hale this new development as a way for the rest of the U.S.A. to be able to put e-textbooks into their schools without having them fiddled with by the Texas Schoolbook group that thinks the universe is only 4000 years old and was created in 6 days. Authors won't need to dumb down the science and biology books to the Texas standard; they can make two versions; one factual and one fantasy.
  16. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    My company has already published a couple of fixed-layout comics for the iBookstore, and the coding was relatively simple and straightforward. Having a tool that would allow us to add more interactive elements would be fantastic.

    Really looking forward to this event!
  17. faroZ06 macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2009
    Why call it "Garageband for eBooks"? Garageband is easy, but so are a lot of Mac apps. I'd call it "iLife for eBooks" or simply "Apple eBooks" :)


    I don't get it, is it hard to make an eBook? Isn't it just like HTML? Or by "interactive", are we talking Flash or HTML5 level?
  18. NickFalk macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2004
    GarageBand is extremely easy for what it does. That is: the tools it gives you to record a multi-track song either with physical or soft-instruments could hardly have been made more transparent.

    Creating a nice song in itself has some inherent difficulty though and this trait won't simply be removed by software.

    iWeb doesn't allow you to do much outside its predefined templates, meaning you don't create websites as much as ad content to a pre-existing one. Now, content being the most important piece of the puzzle anyway, this isn't necessarily all bad.
  19. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    What a great way to undercut Amazon

    Books are Amazon's profit center. The rest has really low markup. This cuts into Amazon where it hurts. Play with fire and you are bound to get burnt!!!
  20. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    Garageband for ebooks? This is actually a brilliant idea...if it's what it sounds like.

    I could see this; a blank ebook format that is already built. You simply type text or drag and drop graphics into it. Pick your fonts, import a cover design, create a table of contents and/or index if you want to.

    In addition to them being ebooks, I could also see Apple adding your books to the catalog of i-things you can have printed and mailed to you. It wouldn't be cost effective enough to actually publish a physical book for sale, but would be nice to have a personal copy, or a few for family.

    If you can directly upload and sell your books on the iBookstore that would be pretty cool too.
  21. twitter macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2007
    who cares about garageband? bring on the new iWork!!!
  22. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Garageband harder to use than iWeb? To each is own, I guess. Anyway, the main point is that they'll likely release tools that are much more powerful and that'll make it much easier to create e-books. Or so I hope.

    It actually sounds more like a super easy to use developer SDK for ebook publishing rather than an app open to the public. Besides, I believe it takes much more than text and illustrations to truly revolutionize textbooks and "printed material" in general. My guess would be, a new ebook standard that allows embedded animations and interactive 3d models, and other stuff of that sort. As an undergraduate student majoring in Biology, I would personally like an organic chemistry e-textbook that includes 3d molecular models and animated chemical reactions.
  23. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    The original epub format was pretty much a text only affair. It could flow text across different size pages and use different size fonts so it was very flexible. However, it is limited to things like paperback books with few or no images.

    They are now up to epub 3 which supposedly overcomes many of these objections. In a textbook (or any other content rich book) you want to embed charts, tables, images and videos. You want to fix the layout so that the text doesn't get separated from the images or tables. You would like to have an easy way to make the embedded video full screen and have the tables popup so they can be scrolled. You want to have a way to add notes and annotations and maybe share these with other people. You want the text layout to accommodate math and science formulas.

    Go to the inkling website and see their example. It is pretty awesome.

    I don't know if Apple will support just epub 3 or that plus a more sophisticated format. I'm hoping for something really great that we can use for years. I produce content for our group (brochures, training materials, reports) and it would be awesome to be able to integrate content and push it to an iPad or a laptop.

    How nice to have a brochure describing a product where you can click on an image and have it become a video of an application scientist demonstrating some feature of your product with real samples. Or to have a popup chart that is larger than the page which the reader can scroll through.

    I can't wait.
  24. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I believe the term "Garageband for eBooks" is a metaphor. ;)
  25. pkson macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    That metaphor makes sense... doesn't it?

    It's supposed to be something that for people who want to create content to be able to create it in the easiest way Apple thinks is possible.

    If this does happen, then everyone in education would be able to release materials that are immersive, interactive and way more helpful than it was before.

    Hope this works out well.

    I'd love to have a spin with it.

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