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Apple in Talks With Publishers

11:00 AM -- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) reps are in New York this week for "secret" tablet-related negotiations with the six biggest book publishers, according to reports.

According to a report from The Bookseller, publishers are seeking an "agency model," which would allow them to control access and pricing.

Apple had better hurry if it's going to have deals signed by Jan. 27, the date when it's expected to reveal its tablet device, rumored to be called the iSlate, to the world.

In other news:

  • With the Apple tablet looming on the horizon, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has announced it's offering a new royalty option that would give authors and publishers a bigger percentage of e-book revenue -- 70 percent of list price after delivery costs.

  • Bill Gates joined Twitter yesterday. He already has almost 200,000 followers and reportedly gained 100,000 in just eight hours. So far, he's been Tweeting to some unlikely companions -- Ryan Seacrest and Ashton Kutcher.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News

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