Most of the people who keep predicting eReaders will disappear don't own one. The reason the eReader market finally took off was because Amazon created the Kindle. What Kindle not only offered a screen that was as easy on the eyes as paper-- the Sony Reader had that already-- it didn't require a computer. Wireless connectivity made the Kindle really easy to use and opened the world of ebooks up to people who don't know what USB stands for. eReader owners are people who want a convenient way to read books that gives them access to free or cheaper books and doesn't fill their houses up with paper. Pixel Qi might come close, but LCD screens can't equal e-ink for lack of eye strain because even really dim LCD doesn't have a truly static display. And the two week battery charge for an e-ink screen is still out of reach of LCD.
I'm not saying future tech won't eventually find a way to do it all, but it's not going to be in a year.
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