The evolution of a much more movable (digital) type has been surprisingly slow during times as accelerated as people are supposed to be. There's still the massive inertia of all those who insist they don't like reading on a screen. Forrester Research Inc, describes the e-Reader market as "nascent" but formidable, with sales of all units conservatively expected to double this year. Sales at the end of 2010, they say, should total 10 million dedicated e-Readers. Add the iPhones and PCs and netbooks with e-book software, and you're well beyond the "early adopter" stage. There's a single thing that will cause an accelerating eruption of this market. The slow-moving glacier will thaw into a roaring cataract with the arrival of the right device at the right price.
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