Friday, October 01, 2010

Are e-books over-hyped?

In Technology Review Christopher Mims argues that the death of the book has been greatly exaggerated.
Tech pundits recently moved up the date for the death of the book, to sometime around 2015, inspired largely by the rapid adoption of the iPad and the success of Amazon's Kindle e-reader. But in their rush to christen a new era of media consumption, have the pundits overreached?

I'm calling the peak of inflated expectations now. Get ready for the next phase of the hype cycle - the trough of disillusionment.

The signs of a hype bubble are all around us. Mostly in the form of irrational exuberance.
We'll be discussing e-books in the next Writers' Guild podcast - available soon.

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