The Apple media event to launch the iPad mini will apparently have a large component dedicated to iBooks on the device, according to the new report from TheNextWeb. The event, which is likely set to take place on October 23rd, will be targeting iBooks as perhaps one of the biggest reasons for launching an iPad mini, with Apple looking to get people on board with the iPad mini as a reading device.
While the event itself will be launching the iPad mini, and extolling the new hardware of the device, iBooks will likely be used as the killer software to demonstrate how comfortable the device is for reading. The report also suggests that Apple may even use the even to launch a brand new version of the iBooks app, bringing it up to version 3.0, perhaps using some iCloud functionality for expanded syncing between devices.
The specifications for the new device are not yet known, but a long battery life as well as being super thin and light like many eBook readers on the market are likely high priorities.