As we approach MacWorld there is a credible rumor that Apple may be considering a super-sized version of the iPod Touch. Such a device could have a disruptive effect on both the newspaper and book market. If you increase the size of an iPod touch by 50-100% you have an easy to read video and audio capable device with about the dimensions of a paperback book.
This is such a natural I am amazed they have not done it sooner. The Apple store would be such a fantastic distribution medium for books readable on such a device, not to mention videos.
I would hope such a device would have text-to-speech mechanism to offer just in time transcription of printed material.
Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon could go the way of the daily newspaper. Audiobooks.com would also be hurt.
Like it or not, this could be the beginning of the end for paper books and be the final nail in the coffin of newspapers!