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Comment: Re:e-books (Score 2, Interesting) 213

by unknownideal (#18085990) Attached to: 12 Crackpot Ideas That Could Transform Tech

e-books have been tried, and they've failed. They will continue to fail until we somehow figure out a way to make an e-book that looks, feels, and behaves exactly like a real book. Good luck with that.
I read text files from Gutenburg.org on my Treo every day. Why, even when I have a paper copy of the book, do I choose to read it on my phone/PDA instead? Because it's always with me. I actually go to Gutenberg.org with the Treo itself and download something new whenever I find myself in need of good reading material. It's only a matter of time before this catches on; it's just too convenient. The only pitfall of this system is that I have no access to more recent copyrighted works. I would easily drop hundreds a year if it were possible to buy these online (as long as the site saved my information and didn't force me to reenter it at each purchase).

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