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HarperCollins lined up to sell e-books for the Apple Tablet

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To be clear, the Apple Tablet has not yet arrived. Apple hasn't even confirmed the Tablet exists.

But that hasn't stopped bloggers and tech analysts from slinging rumors on the gadget. New York magazine reported that the New York Times was lined up to provide content on the Tablet. Now, the Wall Street Journal is dishing on a potential partnership between Apple and HarperCollins, a book publisher owned by News Corp.

As the WSJ notes, HarperCollins, which has been affected by a nationwide slump in books sales, sees a kind of salvation in e-book technology:

Brian Murray, the chief executive of HarperCollins, said in December that e-books enhanced with video, author interviews and social-networking applications could command higher retail prices for publishers than current e-books.

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