(See News Section.) Readers of this monthly column are well aware that I was pretty enthusiastic about Sony's reader when it came out a couple of years ago, but my enthusiasm sort of fell off sharply when I considered both the price of the e-book and the price that publishers were apparently going to charge for electronic books, despite the fact that producing and distributing e-books is tiny compared to traditional paper book costs. It seems that no one has bothered to ask 'what is wrong with the present format? - it's worked well for centuries, why change it?' As an 'aging' reader and one who likes to read, one notices that books lack the readability they once had - due to text size, the unwieldiness of the book itself, the problem of finding a well-lit comfortable place to read and other issues.
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