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Will the digital book replace the printed classics?

“I love my Kindle. I can’t imagine not having it when I am at the airport or a soccer game or something.” I sat in bewilderment as my cubicle neighbor described her newfound literary love. It was as if she had never heard of a book until Amazon introduced the Kindle – a digital book reader. With its electronic-paper display the Kindle is easy to use requiring no computer, no cables and no syncing. Its wireless connectivity enables a reader to connect to the Kindle Store directly from the Kindle’”whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed. And with more than 300,000 books available, including more than 109 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers, the Kindle has become the gadget of choice for the techno set. The question begs to be asked though. Of all those listed above (save the downloading, of course) what can a Kindle or any other digital reader do that a book couldn’t? With a trip to my local library prior to the airport I have, for years, been able to check out my favorite book and read it cover to cover. But what about dark airplanes, you ask. Well, imagine my delight to find that airplanes and trains and even cabs now feature lights above the passenger suitable for illuminating those beneath. What a concept! But the debate rages on. Will the digital book replace the printed hardback or softback word? GO!

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