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Are e-Readers like Kindle an Old-Fashioned Idea?

I have always thought that e-ink and e-readers could save journalism. Then I just read a review of the Kindle, Amazon’s e-reader. The review is more than a month old, and I only came across it because I was considering buying a Kindle. I still might, but this review has made me start to rethink about e-ink and e-readers as saviors.  I haven’t given up on the idea, mind you, just reconsidering.

After making several solid points about how few people read, the review writer Liz Gunnison says:

Book sales have been steady over the past several years; the Kindle also offers newspapers and magazines in digital format, but newspaper circulation has continued to decline over the past 20 years, and the magazine titles currently stocked by the Kindle store—such as Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Readers Digest, and the Nation—are some of the worst-faring out there.

The bottom line? Designing the game-changing e-reader, it seems, is more like designing the game-changing harpsichord than the iPod.

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