E-books: Its a brave new world

After all the e-book news this week, ZDnet offers its perspective on the issue.
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One big publishing house entered the electronic book market Tuesday and two more joined with tech giant Microsoft Inc. to offer popular titles in a burgeoning market they say will revolutionize the way people read in the 21st century.\"
\"But even as the so-called \"e-book\'\' market was being touted as a boon for readers and authors alike, some in the traditional book world questioned just how sure new-media marketers could be that people will actually want to download novels to computers or portable electronic devices, rather than simply curling up in bed or on a sofa with a good book.\"
\"\"Most observers think mass-market acceptance of e-books is still a few years away,\" said John Baker, editor of Publisher\'s Weekly. \"Indeed, whether anyone will actually want to download books is moot.\'\'

Baker cited the excitement 10 years ago over CD-ROM publishing: \"People were sinking large amounts in it, and now it\'s only in some kids\' education and reference works.\'\'

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