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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I Gotta Crow!

If you don't know it already, I'm the president of an organization called EPIC -- Electronically Published Internet Connection. (See -- read my T-shirt!)

The figures from an organization that keeps track of such things has reported that the sales of ebooks increased from $2,500,000+ in 3Q/2003 to $3,225,000+ in 3Q/2004 --and increase of roughly 25%.

A short time ago, I read a statement from someone who said that the e-book craze is over. I don't think so! I don't think it has even started.

The Undergraduate Library at U Texas Austin is going ebook this fall, with 90,000 titles. Imagine! There won't have to be waiting lists to get books...students will have access to books in the middle of the night, even when 50 other people are looking at the same book.

There is a small high school in Arizona that is going e. The $850 price of a laptop in just about a wash when a set of textbook is $600 a year, and there are inconveniences of storage, obsolescence, backstrain on students and teachers alike. It will actually increase students' curiousity about subjects and free them to go off in directions they might not otherwise have access to.

But if you see an ebook of Harry Potter avertised -- it's a scam.


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