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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).

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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