Journalists -- and, yes, bloggers too -- tend to live by recycling and re-hashing stuff. And you can only read so much about digital books and ebook reading devices without a sense of deja vu developing and your eyes glazing over. However, if you want to read a reasonably well reseached and thoughtful piece about the 'coming revolution', you can find one on BusinessWeek Online, linked from booktrade.info.
My own view is that the problem of making a nice, cheap, and wholly successful ebook reader, about the size of a trade paperback, has nowhere near been cracked yet. The new Sony Reader, to be launched this spring, will cost $400 for a start, which is about $360 more than a tempting price.
More to the point, perhaps, Michael Cader, of Publishers Lunch is also doubtful. In a recent newsletter Michael said that 'clearly the press loves writing about this device [the Sony Reader] almost as much as they enjoyed lavishing ink on the first round of e-reader devices and players. But I've yet to find anyone in the publishing business who thinks this is going anywhere.'