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AP Gateway goes mobile, plans to serve iPad content

The Associated Press announced Friday it will soon create a new business unit called “AP Gateway” to focus on distribution of content to mobile platforms such as e-readers. Here’s a copy of the full press release via Tomorrow’s Book.

While the scope of AP Gateway will extend beyond e-readers, the predominance of the iPad in its announcement is certainly a vote of confidence in the new Apple platform.

Also notable was AP CEO Tom Curley’s statement on the nature of mobile content:

“Rather than just repurpose our content across formats, we now have a real opportunity to innovate and create differentiated experiences of the news across formats that will excite all of us, from producers to consumers of news.”

Now, I’m not so naive that I don’t recognize this is standard boiler-plate for news ventures today. No one endorses simply repurposing content anymore. However, as the iPad and e-readers gain importance in the eyes (and wallets) of news companies, the possibility of reader-specific content could soon become reality. In my opinion — and arguably the AP’s opinion — the iPad may have the market draw to kick of that trend.