According to a report by Ars Technica, Apple is going to announce a GarageBand type tool to aid in the creation of e-books at its New York education event this Thursday. The new tools will assist in the creation of interactive e-books especially in the education sector.

At the same time, however, authoring standards-compliant e-books (despite some promises to the contrary) is not as simple as running a Word document of a manuscript through a filter. The current state of software tools continues to frustrate authors and publishers alike, with several authors telling Ars that they wish Apple or some other vendor would make a simple app that makes the process as easy as creating a song in GarageBand. Our sources say Apple will announce such a tool on Thursday.

If a GarageBand type creation tool to assist publishers with iBooks is on the agenda, it would make a lot of sense. One thing is for sure, Thursday’s event is definitely about education and textbooks. We will have to wait and see exactly what Eddy Cue has up his sleeve on Thursday morning. We will have all the news as it breaks.

Source: Ars Technica