• Steve Jobs Was Behind iBooks 2, Says Publishing Chief



    Shortly after Steve Jobs passed away last October, rumblings around the tech industry suggested that we would continue to see projects and products born of Steve Jobs' vision for many years into the future.

    As it turns out, yesterday gave us a glimpse at one such project originally devised by the late Apple co-founder.

    On Friday, one day removed from Apple's introduction of iBooks 2 and the arrival of digital textbooks for the iPad, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw told All Things D that he fondly recalls working with Jobs as recently as last summer on the project that would be central to yesterday's announcement.

    "He (Jobs) should be here. He probably is (in spirit)," McGraw told the publications. "This was his vision, this was his idea, and it all had to do with the iPad."

    "Apple has really essentially turbocharged the process (of building e-books), and it's just going to open up the world of learning to more people," McGraw said, indicating that he shares the enthusiasm possessed by Jobs before his passing. "Anything we can do to be a part of that, we're going to do."

    As the official Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson had previously confirmed, digital textbooks are just one of the major areas of interest Jobs was working on before his resignation as CEO last August. The other pet-projects he spearheaded were supposedly related to photography and connected (possibly Siri-powered) HDTV's.

    Source: All Things D
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