Apple's K-12 digital textbooks project codenamed Bliss, inspired by Al Gore's interactive e-book
He oversees the productivity applications at Apple, like iWorks, so has been a natural selection for Bliss. More details are emerging about the project's conception before today's grand unveiling.
Despite that Bliss has been on Steve Jobs's mind until the last moments of his work at Apple, the way that the digital textbook service will be structured has hit the minds at Cupertino thanks to an interactive e-book by none other than former US Vice President Al Gore, who sits on Apple's Board of Directors.
He published the book called "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis" via Push Pop Press in the App Store. Push Pop Press was founded by two former Apple engineers, and was acquired by Facebook last summer. Thus one extra merit of Al Gore's e-book is that it was developed using the native Cocoa Touch tools for iOS, instead of being published as an iBook, i.e. using the open EPUB format for e-books.
We'll see what exactly will Apple unveil today at 10am Eastern via its chief Internet software guy Eddy Cue, but in the mean time you can check out Al Gore's interactive e-book in the video below. For more information about using modern technology, such as tablets, in the classroom, you can check our dedicated article here.
source: Bloomberg, AppleInsider & WSJ
1. the_s2 (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Finally some respect to apple! this one has the potential!
2. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Thats pretty impressive. It would have been 300x more impressive without Al Gore pushing more of his global warming get rich scheme though. Wait.. why is he on the board of directors at apple?? Add that to the list of things that i dont like about the company. Regardless, the software is pretty nice.