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E-Book Report from the Field. (Letters to the Editor)

Magazine article Online

E-Book Report from the Field. (Letters to the Editor)

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To the editor:

I just finished reading Donald Hawkins' informative article, "Electronic Books: Reports of Their Death Have Been Exaggerated" in the July/August 2002 issue of ONLINE. I first became interested in e-books just 2 months ago when I "bought" one for a book club selection, The Blue Nowhere (about computer hackers, strangely enough). I loaded it onto my husband's Pocket PC and delighted several people while waiting for an elementary school band concert to begin and several more people at my book club meeting with its portability and readability. The back lighting is extremely easy on the eyes as is the ease of adjusting font size. My husband went on to read another e-book, Michael Crichton's Timeline.

Along with some of the problems and positives that Hawkins points out, I would like to add that many online distributors like Barnes & Noble and Booksamillion do not offer a wide range of e-books. They do not market them very well and yet, what could be more convenient than ordering a book via the Internet and having it arrive on your computer within seconds of completing the order? …

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