Monday, May 24, 2010

The Man Behind the Magical Curtain: Will Steve Jobs Share iBooks Metrics and Improvement Plans in June 7 WWDC Keynote?

It will be interesting to hear what Steve Jobs has to say when he delivers the keynote address at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 7:
  • Will he announce that iPad sales have exceeded 3 million through the end of May?
  • Will he deliver on the promise that Apple would stand on Amazon's Kindle-shoulders and take ebooks to a higher level by sharing substantive information on selection, catalog count, pricing, and sales in the iBooks Store?
  • Will he announce the availability of the iBooks app on the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the Mac?
  • Will he commit Apple to improving the search, sort, and browse infrastructure of the iBooks Store?
  • Will he open up the iBooks Store and the App Store to direct access for indie authors and publishers without a requirement of often expensive intermediation by third parties such as Lightning Source/Ingram, O'Reilly Digital Distribution, and Smashwords?
  • Will he announce that, thanks to the iPad, America is reading again?

We'll see in two weeks.

Here's the guts of the company's news release this morning:

Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2010 with Keynote Address on Monday, June 7

CUPERTINO, California—May 24, 2010—Apple® will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address by CEO Steve Jobs on Monday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s WWDC sold out in a record eight days to over 5,000 developers.

The five-day event running from June 7 to June 11, is focused on providing advanced content for skilled developers across five key technology tracks: Application Frameworks; Internet & Web; Graphics & Media; Developer Tools; and Core OS. Apple engineers will deliver over 100 solutions-oriented technical sessions and labs. WWDC 2010 gives an incredibly diverse community the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPhone®, iPad™ and Mac® developers from around the world.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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