Apple rumoured to launch eBook with HarperCollins

The Apple Tablet, dubbed the iSlate, hasn’t even been launched yet, but already rumours of a deal between the fruit-themed gadget maker and publisher HarperCollins are being reported in The Wall Street Journal.

The paper claims that the deal to bring the News Corp owned HarperCollins book back catalogue to the tablet will seriously threaten Amazon’s Kindle and other smaller eReader makers.

The publisher and Job’s mob are said to already talking pricing and distribution. With Murdoch’s HarperCollins said to be setting the price while Apple gets a share of sales. The books would presumably be sold through Itunes.

Apple has confirmed that it will be revealing something on January 27th, and the smart money is on a multimedia tablet to be shipped in March.