Reading Gets Wired

Meet the iPod for books. But do they really need a digital edit?

There's a clip from a Norwegian sketch-comedy show making the rounds on YouTube. It's called "Middle Ages Tech Support," and it's about a medieval monk who's having trouble with a new piece of technology, something called a "book." He gets his tech-support guy in to walk him through it. "Compared to the scroll," the monk complains, "it takes longer to turn the pages ..." And so on. Maybe it's funnier in Norwegian.

But I know how the monk feels, because I have on my desk the would-be successor to the book. It's called the Sony Reader, and it's designed to do...

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