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eBooks and eReaders are purely functional at this point.  They lack the aesthetics that fine paper, solid bindings, great typesets and full color printing provides.  I love to read aestheticly and functionally.  I love my Kindle 2 AND I love physical books.  No doubt in my mind that eReaders will continue to chip away at physical book sales.  That’s why I’m stocking up now.  Unlike music or newspapers, I think the physicality of the book improves understanding of the content and I need the physical book until eReaders can provide a full sensory experience. (yes, all books SMELL the same on a Kindle!  I know that seems weird, but humans remember things by all senses and smell is one of the most powerful senses involved in memory.  So much of my long term knowledge coming from books is based on remembering the exact reading environment.)

Anyhoo.  Great weekend.  I leave it with an image on one of my favorite finds this weekend:

From So Simple A Beginning

From So Simple A Beginning

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Wired has a nice bit of scratch math on the potential sales number of kindles and some logic to justify the scratch math.  I like it!  Pretty good conjecture on the behavior that might drive someone to own a kindle.

“So the Kindle’s target buyer would be a person who reads so much that they have ceased instilling books and periodicals with nostalgic value…yet not so much that they are rarely far enough from a computer to really need a separate device.”

i.e. Not a very big market???????

I own one and I’m not sure I fit the above description but…. there are certain books and periodicals where I just need the data.  A no, owning a kindle has not slowed by physical book buying or reading at all.

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