Reviews of the latest Sony e-book reader are out, and the device doesn't sound all that bad. Many of the issues that have plagued past versions, like readability, are getting solved. So now that these problems are out of the way, this year the much-hyped technology will finally take off, right? Actually, if anything, it'll probably be the opposite: the failure of this e-book reader to take off will demonstrate that many of the past issues, like screen resolution and battery life, were never really the problem. It's still unlikely that many consumers will plunk down $350 for a device with limited functionality, that doesn't solve any pressing problem. And before anyone compares them to MP3 players, remember that with MP3 players, one can easily rip their CD library to it. Good luck doing that with your books. Already have a copy of the Da Vinci Code? There's probably a DRM'd electronic version of it that the publisher would be happy to sell you again. Eventually, of course, there will be changes made to the book as we know it, but the fairly uninspired e-book won't likely be the successor to the current version.
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