Forecasts of an E-Book Era Were, It Seems, Premature.

NY Times on the state of the E-Book. The main advantage of electronic books appears to be that they gather no dust. Almost no one is buying. Publishers and online bookstores say only the very few best-selling electronic editions have sold more than a thousand copies, and most sell far fewer. Only a handful have generated enough revenue to cover the few hundred dollars it costs to convert their texts to digital formats. ... The tepid demand comes as no surprise to some bibliophiles, since printed books still work just fine. "If e-books were the only thing to buy in a `bookstore,' I would buy a lot fewer books," said Starling Lawrence, editor in chief of the publisher W. W. Norton & Company. "I am glad I will be dead by the time they take over the business."