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Apple event this month may focus on e-books

January 3, 2012 |  6:36 am

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An Apple event expected to be held in New York this month will not be about hardware, and instead will be about e-books, reports say.

"The event will not involve any hardware at all and instead will focus on publishing and e-books (sold through Apple’s iBooks platform)," Techcrunch says, citing an unidentified source.

Other analysts have predicted that Apple's next move would be an iPad 3 with a "retina quality" screen resolution like that of the iPhone 4. All Things Digital, which was the first to report that the rumor that the event would focus on software, shot down the idea that the company might introduce a new Apple TV device.

If the event is focused on the iBookstore, the timing is somewhat surprising. In December, the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, including Apple, which also has been the focus of an inquiry in Europe. Why draw further attention to iBooks just now?

We'll have to wait and see. Until later this month. Probably.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: The iBooks app on the original iPad. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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