eBook Tipping Point?

Two articles published today seem to present contrasting views of whether eBooks are at the tipping point. The NYT declares, In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks, while USA Today says More bibliophiles get on the same page with digital readers.

However, some statistics in the USA Today story indicate that a total conversion to eBooks is not around the corner. Commenting on an August Harris poll in which 80% of the respondents said they do not plan to buy an eReader in the next six months, an analyst predicts

…a gradual, uninterrupted growth in e-books…tipping point implies there will be something overnight which will instantly change the character of the publishing business. Thousands of new consumers are showing up in the e-book ‘yes’ column every day, but on the other hand, there are still over 120 million people who buy print books.

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