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Great post here Ray and very timely given I'm getting in to the E-book business so this is a very timley post for me (and one I agree on almost all counts).

I do think the number of people comfortable with reading e-books will grow a lot quicker than people anticipate overall.

Early to say, but HOW we write, read, publish and distribute books will under-go huge transformations in the next few years. It happened to the music industry, the DVD industry is dying as Online DVD shops take over and the book industry transform with the launch of iPad and subsequent other "tablets".

Agree on the new format of books and love the Charles Dickens analogy.



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