Or is the problem that ebook readers suck?

Wired–usually the biggest digital book cheerleaders out there–unleashing some very weird spin on ebook readers, citing “industry experts” who aren’t drinking the Kindle Kool-Aid (Nook Juice?) quite yet. Um, guys–it’s not really publishers that are flogging these things, is it?

The relevant question remains: do ebooks solve problems (or meet desires) for readers? Big publishers appear to fear them and the threat they pose to their margin per book sold, but I believe what they really fear is losing part of that margin to retailers. The people pushing ebook readers right now are retailers–ebooks solve a lot of problems for retailers.

Also still hanging out there–is e-ink technology a feature or a bug in terms of how most consumers use (or wish to use) ebook readers?

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