TE CHN O L O GY
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
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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