Apple Event on January 19th

Apple is set to hold an education-focused event on the 19th in New York City.

Steve Jobs said he was set to reinvent the textbook industry before he died, and I really hope this is the result of that project. Nothing would make me happier in grad school than a really good ebook solution to the spiraling costs and minimal use of textbooks.

Edit: John Gruber on the latest episode of the Talk Show mentions a prescient interview in Walter Isaacson’s recent biography of Steve Jobs that could detail Apple’s plans. Jobs mentions partnering with prominent authors and publishers to offer free textbooks on the iPad. This would allow the textbooks to bypass the state approval process, letting students across the U.S. use them free of charge. I can’t wait.

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