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Old 12-21-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Is the book dead?

Originally Posted by George View Post
As soon as a decent electronic reader comes along, books are gone.
If you define "decent" as:
  • doesn't need electricity (so it can be used where neither batteries nor electric outlets are readily available)
  • can be used by a 1-year old (upside-down, of course)
  • allows bookmarking pages - permanently (like folding over corners)
  • provides a way to make corrections and annotations on each page
  • allows sharing your books with family, friends and colleagues (bookmarks and annotations included)
  • provides permanent storage of all your books
  • allows using several books at the same time, putting pages side-by-side
  • provides cataloging (classifying your books your way and finding them that way)
  • can be used to prop something up (like a keyboard)
...then, maybe.

But I don't think so.

There are too many use cases for books that a kindle and their ilk doesn't cover - and too many books that will never stand a chance of being converted to it.

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