All the rumor and speculation fit to print

The New York Times is reporting that as early as this week, “according to people briefed on the online retailer’s plans,” Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks.

Buried in the story is this:

“Then there is the looming presence of Apple, which seems likely to introduce a multipurpose tablet computer later this year, according to rumor and speculation by Apple observers. Such a device, with a screen that is said to be about three or four times as large as the iPhone’s, would have an LCD screen capable of showing rich color and video, and people could use it to browse the Web. Even if such a device has limited battery life and strains readers’ eyes, for many buyers it could be a more appealing alternative to devices dedicated to reading books, newspapers and magazines.”

I don’t know why, but I appreciate the honesty of the reporter (or editor) including the phrase, “according to rumor and speculation.”

However, for the record, as a long-time Apple observer who has blogged continually for three years about the impending announcement by Apple that it is launching such a device, I’d like to clarify that I have not based any predictions on rumor or speculation.

I find guessing a lot easier.