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Amazon Kindle

Amazon.com reported it sold more e-books than paperback books during the last quarter of 2010. So while it still may be too early to say e-books have overtaken real books with consumers, the popularity of the Amazon Kindle e-reader suggests a mass consumer exodus to digital from paper books may be underway.

It’s not hard to understand why the Kindle and other e-readers are so popular. The device is smaller than a magazine and can store up to 3,000 books, all while weighing less than eight ounces, as in the case of the Kindle Touch. Compared to storing 3,000 hardcover copies, there’s simply no contest.

Photo: Amazon.com