Apple iPad Coming April 3rd. But Where Is The PageMaker Of iBooks?Mar 5th, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: Apple iPad, Citizen Media, Featured Story
Apple today announced that its “magical and revolutionary” iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models.
In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.
“iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
Where’s The PageMaker Of iBooks?
We get that Apple thinks the iPad is “magical and revolutionary”.
But what’s really magical and revolutionary is giving individuals the power to create content that can be shared instantly with people anywhere in the world.
The Apple iPad has the potential to be an interesting new platform for doing that – but where’s the PageMaker of iBooks?
PageMaker – the most important early desktop publishing program – revolutionized typesetting when it was introduced in 1985.
PageMaker, combined with the Apple LaserWriter printer, created desktop publishing. It turned everyone into print publishers and it also helped establish the Macintosh platform.
Until Apple, Adobe or someone else comes up with an easy-to-use app for creating interactive iBooks, iBook publishing is going to be handicapped, just as iTunes LP has been.
What do you think of publishing content for the iBook? Are you waiting for the PageMaker of iBooks?