Why Apple's iPad Won't Rescue Big Publishing

The Digital Book World conference in New York didn't exactly grind to a halt at 1 o'clock yesterday, but it was definitely hot and bothered. Several dozen attendees gathered around their screens, squinting at buffering feeds and cursing intermittent Web connections, as they watched Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPad, the object of desire formerly known as The Tablet That's Going to Save Us.