The Battle of Real Books vs. E-Books

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In the battle of real books vs. e-books, which will win? Amazon recently issued a press release saying that their e-book reader Kindle was the most-gifted item in Amazon history, and on Christmas Day, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. Are we slowly phasing out the physical book?

There's something to be said about a lightweight, portable device that can hold hold thousands of e-books in one place. It lightens your textbook load, leaves less book clutter in your room and reduces paper waste. Also, it's just plain cool.

But e-book readers are still a pricey alternative to physical books. Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook are both priced at $259 a pop, while Sony's Reader ranges from $199 to $299. You also have to buy e-books -- some of them are as cheap as 99 cents, and others are as expensive as a regular paperback.

So, will e-books replace physical books eventually? You tell us.
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