Barnes & Noble is believed to be working closely with Apple to bring their ebook store to the Tablet.
Folks at TechCrunch write about the possibility of seeing a new book section open up on the iTunes that will fetch titles from B&N's database of over one million books.
The information available so far has been pretty sketchy at best. However, an iTunes book section is only one possibility. It is also likely that the B&N app, which is already present on the App Store, will be made available as a "showcase app" that would come pre-installed on the Tablet.
Either way, this could be a major scoop for the book retailer whose major competitor in the recent past has been Amazon. While a deal with Apple could cannibalize the sale of B&N's Nook reader in the near term, that is likely to be more than compensated with a default B&N bookstore on the Tablet. Such a deal could also be potentially devastating to the sale of Amazon Kindle.
Barnes & Noble is not the only publisher whose names have been doing the rounds, however. Last week we had quoted Harper-Collins CEO as saying that his company was looking to deliver enhanced ebooks on platforms like the Apple Tablet. Also, McGraw Hill CEO virtually gave away details about their partnership with Apple recently.
It is not clear how Apple's purported partnership with Barnes & Noble will affect other partnerships like the one with Harper-Collins. Nevertheless, this is one of the many interesting things Apple would be communicating in the media event and we will let you know as that happens.