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October 17, 2009

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Neil

I don't think e-book readers will cut it. They will please a few - gadgeteers and the followers of Oprah (or would that be Jonathan Ross over here?) - but I think they will only be a niche product. After all, you can already read e-books on many phones, netbooks and PCs, so why would you want a specialist device?

Which would you rather spend on - a class set of Kindles (at £175 each) or a set of iPods touches (@£149)? No-brainer really. ANd you are never going to get a head to spend that kind of money twice.

Just reading a review of comments about an Amazon experiment to put Kindles in some US colleges - reactions rather mixed. See http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/68399.html?wlc=1255790503

Fleur Phillips

umm e-books fill a handy whole for a lot of users (of which I am one) I own both an iPod Touch and a Sony eReader, both doing completely different tasks, both well. I will admit though an eReader with wifi and keyboard leaves me cold, but that's because I don't feel the need to write in books, and I can fit enough books on the eReader not to need to download on demand.

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