The tablet computer -- the most popular of which is Apple Inc.'s iPad -- represents the future of the newspaper business, members of the American Society of News Editors were told on Monday. "This is the primary revenue generator in the digital generation," said Roger Fidler, whose credentials include writing about the possibility of a newspaper tablet three decades ago, in 1981.
Fidler presented the results of a telephone survey of 1,015 randomly selected participants taken between Jan. 17 and March 25. It showed that 28 percent overall said they were considering purchasing a mobile media device. Of those, 44 percent were likely to purchase a large media tablet.