The Future of E-Books

Software and consumer-electronics giants as well as some investors are joining the publishing world for the rise of e-books. First stop: higher ed

Books printed on paper are portable, require no technical expertise, create nostalgic memories, and above all, are familiar to all humankind. Not surprisingly, our reliance on paper dates as far back as 3000 B.C., when the Egyptians beat strips of papyrus plants to use as writing material. But what if you could carry a book or even a stack of 100 books right in your back pocket? Imagine books with a built-in dictionary and search functionality; the ability to highlight text, underline passages, or write comments; plus graphics and animations floating across the screen.

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