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May 4, 2009

The Question: Can a dedicated electronic reader save the newspaper?

As newspaper publishers scramble to deal with falling ad revenue and a bevy of online competitors, many are looking to a new generation of electronic devices to extend the life of their business model.

Unlike tiny mobile phones and devices like the Kindle that are made to display text from books, these new gadgets, with screens roughly the size of a standard sheet of paper, could present much of the editorial and advertising content of traditional periodicals in generally the same format as they appear in print. And they might be a way to get readers to pay for those periodicals — something they have been reluctant to do on the Web.

The New York Times reports that Amazon may unveil a new offering as early as this week. Apple is rumored to be considering the introduction of a tablet device for viewing multimedia, as well.

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