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I like books. REAL books.

Not e-books.  I don’t care for reading books on Kindles and Nooks, although I tip my hat to the technological advances that make it possible–I think it’s all fascinating (seriously). 

I like the iPad, and it’s e-book reader, but I can’t see myself getting into a book with that either.

The die is cast however, for actual books:

…[T]he digital revolution sweeping the media world is rewriting the rules of the book industry, upending the established players which have dominated for decades.

Electronic books are still in their infancy, comprising an estimated 3% to 5% of the market today. But they are fast accelerating the decline of physical books, forcing retailers, publishers, authors and agents to reinvent their business models or be painfully crippled.

“By the end of 2012, digital books will be 20% to 25% of unit sales, and that’s on the conservative side,” predicts Mike Shatzkin, chief executive of the Idea Logical Co., publishing consultants. “Add in another 25% of units sold online, and roughly half of all unit sales will be on the Internet.”

Maybe the 25% number that Mr. Shatzkin is forecasting is a bit steep, as that’s a huge swing towards e-book consumption in a relatively short time frame.  Progress is progress, however.  As much as I hate to admit it, the death march of the book has begun.

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