Publishers 'in talks' with Apple over Kindle rival

<p>Book publishers have been in talks with Apple and are optimistic about being included as part of its new portable tablet-sized computer, which the computer giant hopes to launch in time for the Christmas shopping season, according to the FT.</p><p>The device is expected to be launched alongside new content deals, including some aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project. The touch-sensitive computer will have a screen that may be up to 10 inches diagonally. It will connect to the internet like the iPod Touch &ndash; probably without phone capability but with access to the web, and to Apple&rsquo;s online stores for software and entertainment.</p><p>According to the FT, the device could provide an alternative to Amazon&rsquo;s Kindle, Sony&rsquo;s Reader and a forthcoming device from Plastic Logic, recently allied with Barnes &amp; Noble. &quot;It would be a colour, flat-panel TV to the old-fashioned, black and white TV of the Kindle,&quot; one publishing executive said.<br /><br /></p>