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Old 11-22-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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The Sony Reader will be outdated in 10 years

The Sony Reader will be outdated in 10 years. Wow! But not only that. Some believe it'll take another 20 years before people get accustomed to e-book devices. I know, that's ridiculous. Here a snippet from the Boston Globe:

Some think a younger generation, accustomed to reading newspapers online, may eventually take to devices like the Sony Reader. "I think you will see a change in 20 years," said Thomas Horrocks, associate librarian for collections at Harvard's Houghton Library of rare books. "When people get into their 30s and 40s who have never had the idea of reading that we have, [using an e-book reader] will not seem a big change -- it will be something they're quite comfortable with."

However, there's one advantage the printed book will always have. Computer technology changes rapidly, and today's innovation is obsolete tomorrow. The Sony Reader "will be outdated in 10 years," said Blair, the Harvard historian. "Books can sit in people's attics, ignored for hundreds of years, and they're still usable. But what do you do with Granddad's computer?"
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