Ralph Ellison
Fall preview: Publishing
Fall preview: Publishing

Not that long ago, e-books were an oddity: Devices were expensive, and those who invested in them struggled to find something good to read. But the age of preferring paperbacks is starting to look like the late era of CDs — e-books are ascendant. This summer, Amazon.com announced that shoppers on its site purchased more e-books for the Kindle than hardcovers in its spring quarter. If you're not already carrying around an e-reader, you might find yourself giving one a try before the year is out. E-reader price wars When Amazon.com introduced its Kindle in November 2007, enthusiastic consumers snapped it up despite the $399 price tag. In the years since, the cost dropped gradually...