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Apple pitching media companies on tablet?

If you read between the lines in yesterday's post, one could conclude that Apple is talking to the New York Times about it's upcoming tablet product in an effort to get buy in from the media giant on what's presumed to be a completely new form-factor for distributing editorial content.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor on

Will it look like this? One concept design for the rumoured tablet.

If you read between the lines in yesterday's post, one could conclude that Apple is talking to the New York Times about it's upcoming tablet product in an effort to get buy in from the media giant on what's presumed to be a completely new form-factor for distributing editorial content.

A new piece in the Sydney Morning Herald indicates that Apple's also shopping the device to other media companies, including some in Australia:

Apple has sent specifications of the device to Australian media companies in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet.

Fairfax Media's Robert Whitehead hinted that he was aware of an Apple tablet in August.

We're continuously examining all options for extending the reach of our mastheads and we'll be very interested to see what Apple comes up with.

While the new Apple device isn't strictly an ebook-reader it appears that Cupertino is setting the stage for a completely new platform for deliverings, books, newspapers and magazines.

Should the Amazon's and the Sony's of the world be worried at the impending ebook threat from Apple?

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