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Apple Expected to Announce Ebook Publishing Platform

Last week, Apple confirmed rumors that it would hold a press event in New York City before the end of the month. Scheduled for Thursday, Apple is making an announcement related to education, that much we know. However, the latest rumors paint a more detailed picture of the announcement, and a much more interesting one, too.

Ars Technica is today citing sources close to the situation that say Apple's upcoming event will focus on a platform that allows users to create interactive ebooks. Ars describes it as "GarageBand for ebooks" and says Apple plans to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users. Just as the likes of Final Cut Pro and iMove aid users in the production of content, these new tools are expected to continue in a similar vein, enabling publishers to produce content for consumption specifically on Apple devices.

Of course, you don't need us to tell you that this move makes complete sense from Apple's point of view. At a time when the education industry is looking towards tablets and ebooks as a substitute for heavy physical books, a decision to offer its own production and distribution platform would place Apple and its iPad at the top the pile for many schools.

Apple's event is just a couple of days away, so we'll keep you posted on this one. Stay tuned for more.