“How’s this for irony: Steve Jobs was initially opposed to entering the e-book market over which Apple is now sparring with the U.S. Department of Justice in a Manhattan federal court,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“Testifying in the DOJ’s e-book price-fixing case Thursday, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said that when he first approached Jobs with the idea of a bookstore in the fall of 2009, the Apple co-founder dismissed it,” Paczkowski reports. “‘He wasn’t interested,’ Cue said. ‘Steve never felt that the Mac or the iPhone were ideal reading devices. In the case of the phone, the screen was smaller, and in the case of the Mac, you had this keyboard and device, and it didn’t feel like a book.'”

Paczkowski reports, “But as Apple began ramping up for the launch of the iPad, Cue broached the idea again, and Jobs had a change of heart.”

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