Step 2 is the hard part.

Matt Ginzton writes here.

Really Good Take on the E-book State of the Union

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Really good take on the e-book state of the union

Nate Anderson has a really good description of the current state of the e-book world, as shown by the Kindle 3 — the device, and also the issues surrounding whether to buy/borrow/read books on paper vs electronically.

He points out one subtle issue which I think is really important for the adoption of e-books. Consider downloadable music, which really took off with the introduction of the iPod and its “rip, mix, burn” mentality, showing that you could bootstrap your new pure-electronic library by converting your existing music library, and then go on buying music in either the old physical format (CD) or new downloadable format. With e-books, you have to choose one, and the choices bifurcate; as Anderson writes “it appears that all but the youngest of us are doomed to go through life with two different codexes, physical and electronic.”

I know this matters for me — I like reading on Kindle, but often miss having access to a book I already have on paper somewhere.