06/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Can The iPad Topple The Kindle And Save The Book Business?

On the morning of January 27th--an aeon ago, in tech time--Steve Jobs was to appear at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in downtown San Francisco, to unveil Apple's new device, the iPad. Although speculation about the device had been intense, few in the audience knew yet what it was called or exactly what it would do, and there was a feeling of expectation in the room worthy of the line outside the grotto at Lourdes.

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