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E-Books Not Exactly Flying Off The Shelves; Most Readers Stick to Paper Despite Technology's Hype
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Weeks, Linton
Date: Jul 6, 2002
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

A couple of the firms of yesteryear are still trying to develop dedicated reading devices. Gemstar-TV Guide, for instance, keeps cranking out its Gemstar eBook. The hand-held gizmo comes in two sizes: paperback for about $300 and hardcover for $600. You can buy the apparatus at SkyMall.com, which Gemstar owns. The company has sold about 50,000 of the devices. The eBooks download titles over a telephone line. "Silent Prey" by John Sandford, for instance, costs $6.39.

Franklin Electronic Publishers (www.franklin.com), another early- to-jump company, continues to turn out three models of its eBookman, which sell for $129 to $199. James Patterson's "1st to Die," designed for the eBookman{cedil} costs $4.95.

Palm Digital Media provides content for owners of personal digital assistants, a market of 25 million people. It offers some 5,500 e-titles in its catalogue at www.palm.com/ebooks. In the past year, according to business-development director Mike Segroves, the company has sold 180,000 e-books. He expects that Palm Digital Media will sell twice as many titles this year.

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