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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin -

Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin -

IF you were one of the few brave readers of printed books in 2007 who crossed the divide into digital reading, your options were sparse and expensive. The original Amazon Kindle, for example, cost $400, and its screen displayed a mere four shades of gray.

Today, digital readers are much cheaper and come with significantly better displays and storage space. But things are just getting started — like the price war that erupted last week between Amazon and Barnes & Noble that pushed the prices of their e-books below $200. Those e-readers are also facing challenges from other gadgets that can display books, newspapers and magazines, including mobile phones and the new tablet computers like the iPad. Apple said last week that it had sold 3 million iPads in 80 days.

“The paper book is dead,” says the digital visionary Nicholas Negroponte. More...

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