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Apple Tablet, Publishers Not Included?

What's this?! Could Apple's yet-to-be-announced tablet device entirely overlook the written word -- be it in newspaper, magazine, or book form -- for video? During a private get-together this week, top Apple execs had only good things to say about video, which they expect to be the next "exploding" opportunity, despite existing hurdles like industry rights issues, competing subsidies, developing the right consumer "offer," and so forth. Talk of the online book and newspaper market, meanwhile, appears to have left them limp, "given unattractive industry structure," according to those in attendance. "Sounds like they expect an Apple tablet -- should they be building one -- to be used a lot more for watching movies than for reading novels and newspapers."

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