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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 36, September 10, 2007, Article 18

NEW YORK TIMES ON NEW ELECTRONIC BOOK FORMATS

Joel Orosz forwarded a recent New Your Times article.  He writes:
“Here’s another premature obituary for the printed book”.

"Technology evangelists have predicted the emergence of electronic
ooks for as long as they have envisioned flying cars and video phones.
It is an idea that has never caught on with mainstream book buyers.

"Two new offerings this fall are set to test whether consumers
really want to replace a technology that has reliably served
humankind for hundreds of years: the paper book.

"In October, the online retailer Amazon.com will unveil the
Kindle, an electronic book reader that has been the subject of
industry speculation for a year, according to several people who
have tried the device and are familiar with Amazon’s plans. The
Kindle will be priced at $400 to $500 and will wirelessly connect
to an e-book store on Amazon’s site.

"That is a significant advance over older e-book devices, which
must be connected to a computer to download books or articles.

"Also this fall, Google plans to start charging users for full
online access to the digital copies of some books in its database,
according to people with knowledge of its plans. Publishers will
set the prices for their own books and share the revenue with Google.
So far, Google has made only limited excerpts of copyrighted books
available to its users."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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