Publishers Hope Electronic Books Will Revive Industry

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Brad Stone New York Times

Technology evangelists have predicted the emergence of electronic books for as long as they have envisioned flying cars and video phones. It is an idea that has never caught on with mainstream book buyers.

Two new offerings this fall are set to test whether consumers really want to replace a technology that has reliably served humankind for hundreds of years: the paper book.

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