iWork VP Roger Rosner Taking Charge of Apple's Digital Textbook Initiative

rogerrosnerAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Roger Rosner is the executive in charge of Apple's digital textbook tools. According to his LinkedIn page, Rosner is a Vice President for Productivity Applications at Apple, and has been with the company since 2001, prior to which he was CEO of Bluefish Labs, a software development firm that Apple purchased.

Prior to working on the textbook service, Rosner was in charge of Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- Apple's iWork suite of office applications. Jessica Vascellaro writes for the WSJ:

Mr. Rosner's involvement is a sign of how strongly Apple intends to emphasize textbook creation, in a move to change the type of educational content that exists on the market. It also underscores how as textbooks—and all media—goes digital, it is increasingly important for tech companies to get media companies to create digital content with their software or in formats compatible with their services and devices.

Whether Mr. Rosner, whose LinkedIn profile pegs him at Apple for more than a decade, will take the stage on Thursday remains unclear. If so, audiences may remember him from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this past June, where he demonstrated features of iCloud, the company's online syncing and storing service.

Rosner made his first widely-viewed public appearance when he demonstrated iCloud onstage at WWDC in June of 2011.

Top Rated Comments

jpitcairn Avatar
128 months ago
iWork '12 released Thursday perhaps? With this new tool as part of the suite.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dethmaShine Avatar
128 months ago
More importantly, can I please have iWork '12? :(
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pacman7331 Avatar
128 months ago
I have high hopes for this Textbook thing.

I really hope Apple can install some sanity into the despicable situation with student textbooks. As of now, even if you want to do your part, and eliminate wasteful use of resources by printing textbooks year after year which have only trivial details separating them from the year before, you can buy some books in eBook format. For example on this site: www.cengagebrain.com

You can buy at least some books in eBook format, being a good samaritan, but can you put it on your iPad and stash it away on the shelf in iBooks?

No.

No, you have to lease the item off the website, thereby only able to access the book while under hegemony of the internet, login on their website, and browsing.

Which makes it less portable than a regular heavy textbook.

Thus we can have technology liberate us, or enslave us to further hassles, and petty tribute.

I hope Apple will muster the gusto to allow the former.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tmelon Avatar
128 months ago
I will be the happiest man alive if there is an iWork '12 announcement. It's years overdue.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
*LTD* Avatar
128 months ago
Please get the Mac version of iWork to auto-sync with iCloud.

EDIT:

Here's a workaround, but it's just that - a workaround:

http://gigaom.com/apple/how-to-create-and-modify-icloud-stored-iwork-files-on-os-x/

Not particularly viable for the mass market.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sol Avatar
128 months ago
It will be great if all those heavy textbooks will be replaced by iPads so that kids' backs can be put to better use carrying bags of coal again.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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