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					  TE CHN O L O GY
                                                                                  Kindle
                                                                                           Makes
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                                                                                                                      k:
Futurists have been predicting the demise of the old-                          Are E-b
fashioned, hold-it-in-your-hands book for decades.
But the book has proven to be resilient, perhaps
                                                                                                           ooks
because people feel a certain satisfaction in handling                      Here to
it, turning its pages, looking at it on their bookshelf.                                                   Stay?
Perhaps reading something of book length on-screen
tires the eyes, or the brain. But resistance to electronic
books seems to be fading.
    In the future we may remember Amazon.com’s
Kindle device as having tipped the balance. The
product, first introduced in 2007, is wireless,
lightweight and compact, and retails for about $360.
Amazon has been cagey about sales, but at least FIVE         Third, Amazon has come back                    Fifth, e-books can now be read on
FACTS suggest Kindle is a winner.                            with Kindle 2—which, among                     iPhones, hugely increasing their
                                                             other things, has a text-to-speech             potential clientele.
First, Oprah winfrey—certainly one of our country’s          option. Yes, it can read to you.
most effective opinion shapers—lauded Kindle on                                                             It’s easy to predict that many new
her program late last year.                                  Fourth, the works of best-                     books will be available only in
                                                             selling authors like John                      electronic form, very soon. It
Second, Kindle has competition: Most notably,                Grisham and Danielle Steel are                 may be harder to say that the
Sony has introduced its Reader 700, which sells              becoming available as e-books,                 physical book will ever disappear
for $400 and comes with a reading light and a touch          and the number of books available              or become a sort of specialty item
screen that lets a user make notes—just like we used         through a variety of sources in                for eccentric antiquarians. …
to do in the margins.                                        this format is skyrocketing.                   What do you think?




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