I wonder what the future holds for eBooks. My first opinion was that the comfort of a warm book could not be replaced by cold technology. There is nothing like the smell of a new book, the crisp pages and the stiff spine. It is an invitation to lose yourself in another time, in a different place. The idea of a circuit board and chips giving you that same feeling seemed laughable. Much to my surprise, I bought my wife a Sony eBook for Christmas. I had talked myself out of it until I went to the bookstore and looked at one, and spoke to the clerk who used one. It was very small and looked very easy to use. There are inexhaustible selections of material to download, with much of the classic, out-of-prints books offered free. What clinched the deal were all the instant rewards. A new adventure is only a mouse click away. Not a trip to the bookstore, or eagerly waiting for the UPS driver, only a simple 5 second download, and you are ready to be swiped away to a new place. I think one she uses it, it will be her new best friend. I cannot help but wonder what this means to new and budding writers. Opinions?