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If you scan book headlines this holiday season, you can hardly help noticing that it's starting to seem like "all Kindle, all the time." (Or at least, "all e-books, all the time." Kindle does have competitors, although sometimes that's easy to forget.)

Look at today for instance: What are the big book stories? Here's a sampling: "Amazon: Kindle Books Outsold Real Books This Christmas" (Wired). "Amazon Shares Up After Kindle Boosts e-Book Sales" (Reuters). "Why Bezos Was Surprised by the Kindle's Success" (Newsweek).

Of course, not all the e-book news is positive. "Is Amazon Working Backward?" asks the New York Times in a blog post that suggests that customer satisfaction with the Kindle dwindles as customers come to know the product better. And the Barnes & Noble Nook apparently suffered a crisis on Christmas as a glut of book orders (presumably from new owners, thrilled to have discovered the device under their Christmas trees) clogged the system. According to Engadget, "All attempts at downloading an ebook [on the Nook on Christmas day] ... were greeted with a 'Queued: Will complete shortly' message."


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