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I was just reading this article, Will E-Books Peak Soon?, and thought how this must be the same kind of thing you heard when the automobile was first invented.
"Never mind the phenomenal growth, or the fact that more and more models of horseless carriage appear every year. It won't last."
"Horse are loyal. More people ride horses than drive cars. People don't like change."
"Cars are too complicated."
"You don't have to get out and crank up your horse."
"You get emotional satisfaction sitting up on your horse for a nice invigorating ride to work."
I'm sure it was all true. I'm sure I would find a horse more emotionally satisfying than I do my car. The fact is, I just can't go all the places I need to go on any given day by horse. And while the earliest cars had their glitches and shortcomings, they took over the transportation market because the technology kept improving and there was no denying they did the job better.
Scrolls replaced stone tablets, machine printed books replaced hand written books, and I can see digital print is already looking like the better option for newspapers and magazines. Books are the last hold out. Will they stomp these e-book upstarts into the ground?
When was the last time you saw a hitching post?