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Personal Technology: Digital books are changing our reading patterns

  • Jeremy Wagstaff

  /   Mon, August 16 2010   /  11:18 am

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the emergence of the digital book, and how, basically, we should get over our love affair with its physical ancestor and realize that, as with newspapers, rotary dial phones and reel-to-reel tape decks, the world has moved on. Digital rules, and ebooks now make more sense than papyrus.Not everyone was happy. My bookseller friends won’t talk to me anymore, and don’t even mention my author ex-buddies. One person told me I was “brave” (I think he meant foolhardy) in saying something everyone else thought, but didn’t yet dare mention.But the truth is that a lot of people have already moved on. Amazon is now selling more ebooks than hardbacks. It’s just about to bring out a Kindle that will sell for about US$130. When it hits $100 — by Christmas, probably — it’s hard not to imagine everyone getting one in their stocking.By the end of next year,...