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Kindle Competition

Competition is bubbling in the electronic book ("e-book") industry, where Amazon's Kindle has thus far dominated. Publisher Simon & Schuster is now selling its books via Scribd, a publisher of online content. Check out this explanation of the deal at the Los Angeles Times.

Additionally, Google also has an e-book plan. The New York Times has details. Google's plan involves selling readers on-line access to books; no special device or unique "reader" required.

Interesting developments. Yet, except for a small segment of the market, such as business travelers, I still see no advantage in purchasing an e-book for most readers. Am I wrong?