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Is the Kindle 2 a "cultural shift?"

I recently a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00154JDAI?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00154JDAI”ordered a Kindle 2/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00154JDAI” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / for Glenn and have been reading up on the device. I found an a href=”http://finance.yahoo.com/techticker/article/194010/Kindle-2.0:-Finally-an-iPod-for-Books”interesting video and article /aon Yahoo finance about the Kindle that focuses on the wider implications of the Kindle on sales and reading in America. br /br /The interviewer on the video wonders if there will be a cultural shift in how reading is experienced with Kindle readers–but the expert who is on states that the goal of the Kindle is to replicate rather than change the reading experience. It sounds like it is simply a faster and more efficient way to read rather than going out and purchasing books. Kindle 2 has the potential to have an impact on book sales, according to the expert. I also heard on the video that there are only about 500,000 Kindles in existence which can have an impact on book sales as the Kindle purchasers are voracious readers who might trade downloads for actual books. Kindle accounts for only 10% of books in existence but 5% of the public buys 95% of the books. And of those 5%, many are Kindle owners. br /br /I wish the Kindle 2 would show up from Amazon–I am dying to try it out. Did I mention I ordered it for Glenn?