Video: Knight Ridder tried building tablet e-reader

Knight Ridder may be gone now, but it was ahead of the curve when, 16 years ago, Roger Fidler worked on a tablet e-reader and even built a prototype. Bryan Monroe, who used to work for Knight Ridder, wonders in this Huffington Post piece whether the newspaper industry would be in such dire straights had the tablet succeeded. Check out the promotional video for the tablet below…

“All forms of media that we know today will be transformed over the next 10-15 years,” said a promotional video for the device. “An important part of this revolution is the emergence of the electronic tablet….Tablets will be a whole new class of computer. They’ll weigh under two pounds. They’ll be totally portable and have a clarity of screen display comparable to ink on paper. They’ll be able to blend text, video, audio and graphics together. And they’ll be part of our daily lives around the turn of the century.”