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Envisioning the Next Chapter for Electronic Books

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September 6, 2007
Envisioning the Next Chapter for Electronic Books
By BRAD STONE
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5 — Technology evangelists have predicted the emergence of electronic books for as long as they have envisioned flying cars and video phones. It is an idea that has never caught on with mainstream book buyers.

Two new offerings this fall are set to test whether consumers really want to replace a technology that has reliably served humankind for hundreds of years: the paper book.