iPad at Best Buy on April 3rd, 3G iPad May Demo Early

Reports indicate that mega-retailer Best Buy has begun training employees for the April 3rd launch of the Apple iPad. Although it was noted some time ago that Best Buy would be carrying the Apple iPad, since then reports have been conflicting regarding whether the iPad would be at Best Buy on launch day or if the non-Apple store retailers would have to wait until after the initial launch period to begin selling the long-awaited tablet.

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Best Buy has announced that it has no plans to open stores early on April 3rd, as it expects that doing so would result in additional expenses with comparably little financial benefit. Display and promotional materials for the iPad are expected to arrive at Best Buy locations early next week.

iPad iBooks to Launch with 30,000 Free Books

A report today from AppAdvice.com brought welcome news to anyone interested in reading eBooks on the iPad. With their privileged peek at the iPad's iBookstore, AppAdvice.com was able to spot that Apple has included the entire Project Gutenburg library of eBooks. This means over 30,000 free books will be available for download through iBooks. Yep, 30,000 free books.

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For those of you that aren't already familiar with Project Gutenburg, it is the largest online collection of free eBooks. The project was founded by the inventor of eBooks, Michael Hart. Project Gutenburg is volunter supported, and continues to grow.

The following list of the project's top 10 eBooks over the last 30 days provides just a few examples of the sort of literature available through Project Gutenburg:

iPad Version of Wall Street Journal More than Doubles the Cost?

If a rumor reported today by the Wall Street Journal itself turns out to be accurate, customers who want to read the Wall Street Journal on their iPad will have to pay more than double the cost subscribing to the Journal's current online web version. According to the WSJ's Shira Ovide And Suzanne Vranica, the Journal plans to charge iPad subscribers $17.99 per month, which is significantly higher than the aforementioned web subscription.

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Sent from my iPad: Email From Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has been spending more time lately replying directly to user inquiries, and he's been sending quite a few messages using his iPad. Here's a summary of six recent questions that have gone public with answers from the Apple CEO himself. The first three were followed by the signature line, "Sent from my iPad."

1. Andrea wanted to know whether or not she could sync her collection of free ePub books to the iPad using iTunes. Steve replied, "Yep."

iPad Subscription TV Plans Postponed by Apple

According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, Apple has put on hold plans to offer subscriptions to television shows via iTunes on the soon to be released iPad. Though the plans for subscription television via iTunes are not necessarily being shelved permanently, they are reportedly on hold pending more successful negotiations with television executives.

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With the iPad release date nearing, Apple had reportedly been trying to strike a deal for the subscription model with network executives. However, Apple and the networks have been unable to come to terms, largely because of alleged concerns by the networks that such a model could potentially endanger

Meet iPad Ad Takes the Web by Storm

Apple has gone viral with the iPad commercial it first released during the Oscars with over 2.4 million views on the web in one week. The advertisement, titled "Meet iPad" was distributed via Apple's YouTube channel and across the web in over 100 places.

Apple normally only releases videos on its website, but it comes as no surprise that Meet iPad has become the second-most watched spot on the web. By opening the format up Apple has insured that people will share the spot and comment on the video ahead of the iPad ship date of April 3. Meet iPad is now the second-most popular video on the web.

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Major Sites Ditching Flash for Apple iPad

Many magazines and content providers on the web are expected to create their own iPad applications, and several of these same companies have already developed iPhone apps. The winds of change are on the web however, and several major websites have started to develop full fledged Flash-free versions of their content specifically for the iPad's web browser.

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Companies including Virgin America, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) have already jumped on the Flash-free bandwagon, at least for an iPad-only landing page. Industry watchers expect more media organizations could follow suit in the coming weeks before iPad launch.

Apple iPad Sales Already Beating iPhone and Kindle?

Reports have leaked that Apple's iPad pre-order and reservation count is on track to surpass the number of original iPhones sold in the first three months of release. The Wall Street Journal claims sources have told them "hundreds of thousands of units" have already been reserved or sold. Analysts have predicted that Apple could sell one million iPads by mid-April.

If the numbers are correct, this makes the iPad the most successful electronic reader ever launched. Amazon's Kindle took months to sell an equivalent number of units. Apple, meanwhile is furiously negotiating deals with publishers of magazines, newspapers and textbooks as well as proposing to reduce prices on TV shows in iTunes to 99 cents.

Amazon Kindle Released for Mac: iPad App Coming Soon

A year after the release of its Kindle iPhone application, Amazon has announced a beta version of Kindle reader for Mac OS X. The company also said an iPad app of its popular e-reader software is on the horizon, allowing Kindle subscribers to access their library on Apple's tablet.

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With over 450,000 books, including most New York Times Bestsellers, Kindle is poised to compete head-on with Apple's own iPad application, iBooks. iBooks will provide access to the iBookstore, Apple's answer to the digital library concept. Other iPad reading apps are also on the way such as the Barnes and Noble eReader.

Will the iPad Push AAPL Over $300 Per Share?

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone to argue with the notion that Apple as a company and in turn, AAPL stock, has been on a steady road of success and good fortune. AAPL, which has more than doubled in value, is currently trading at around $227 per share. Many analysts rate the stock's value well above $250 per share. With the iPad ready to hit shelves in just a few weeks, will another potentially successful product push Apple stock over the $300 mark?

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As mentioned above, it isn't uncommon to find analysts rating Apple stock well above $250. Some recent analyst values include: Piper Jaffray ($284), Broadpoint AmTech ($280), Kaufman Brothers ($253) and Deutsche Bank and Canaccord Adams ($250).

As a recent StreetInsider.com article points out, however, those projected values are based on

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