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E-Book redux

A new player has emerged in the e-book game! An article in the New York Times (another item from MHF) last week reported on a device named the Kindle, which will sell for $400 to $500 (Not cheap! On a good day, you can get a Dell laptop for $500). The gimmick on the Kindle is that it will connect wirelessly to an e-book store on Amazon.com. So it's not just a reader, it's a book buying machine—no muss, no fuss, no middle man.

From the article, it sounds like the Kindle* has a few kinks to work out. But what interests me most is that people keep trying. Every time a new book reader comes out, makes a big splash, then doesn't sell well, a lot of people say, "Oh, they'll never make something that can replace real books." But then a few months or a year later, someone tries something new.

So to me, the question is not if but when.

* Kindle? What kind of a dorky name is that?

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