Sunday, April 20, 2008

Kindling out?

It's early days, but some are starting to weigh in on the newfangled Kindle electronic book thingy.
"E-books are a growing niche for now," Smith says, "but I certainly don't see a time when everybody will be reading them. People just love what the traditional book represents to them."
(Michael Smith heads the International Publishing Data Forum, which stays on top of e-book sales.)

I'm still thinking that something else may come along on the electronic front, but for now, this is a good day. It reduces the matrix of bookseller uncertainty to relentless competition from chains (and bigger chains), the dominance of the best seller list, a shaky overall economy, the stubbornness of the misery memoir, wait-still a good day.

Posted by Dave

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