Even as Apple's iPad is poised energize electronic reading, the new device is undermining a painstakingly constructed effort by the publishing industry to make it possible to move eBooks between different electronic readers, reports the Associated Press. The iPad will be linked to Apple's first eBook store when it goes on sale in a few months. The books, however, will not be compatible with Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle or with the major alternative eBook system. Apple's creation of a third choice is likely to further frustrate and confuse consumers if they accumulate eBooks for one device, then try to go...

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