To Infinity and Beyond
"We also have user-friendly digital rights management," he says, which should help convert the technically challenged. "Every e-book we sell from a publisher is encrypted. The buyer needs a code to access the e-book. The access code is the credit card number the user used to buy the e-book online."
Overcoming these challenges, as well as the familiarity a bound book breeds reading it on a plane or train, or in the comfort of one's living room, is the next step for publishers and vendors of reading devices. But the commitment is there, and, as in anything else, time will tell if e-books will become the preferred form of delivering the written word.