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Bill Swan

The reality about e-books: nobody knows.

Yes, e-readers will sell. What remains to be seen is whether they are bought and used by readers. (Writers who can't write write for readers who can't read: Piet Hein).

If these are bought as gadgets/apps, they will be like book gifts to non-readers: on the bedside table but never cracked even to smile.

Every years, people receive bread-making machines for Xmas. And for two weeks the sales of flour skyrockets -- and then plummets back to normal after the thrill of the first two loaves wears off. It could be the same for e-readers. Prophets about e-books could be trading half-baked ideas.

By the way: how does a writer autograph an e-book?


There is the novelty factor, but I see ereaders in use everywhere. I love the feel of books, but I love that people are reading more now, not less.

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