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2010, the year of the e-book?

Writing in Australian Personal Computer David Flynn asks Will 2010 be The Year of the e-Book? He looks at material from tech analyst firm Gartner which says e-books will boom next year so long as they: “Overcome hurdles in price, availability and lack of popular mainstream content”.

Valid points, but there also needs to be a great leap forward in display technology for e-books to displace printed books. The current crop of electronic books are tiring to read when compared with print.

Higher resolution, large format, non-flickering, non-backlit displays are available, but not in the numbers needed and not, yet, at a realistic price. After years of looking at other forms of electronic books, I’d say once e-book makers overcome this hurdle, they’ll be mainstream.

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