Examines the progress being made in the search for electronic books and the relevant criteria to make the concept work. States that the book has faults ‐the static nature of the text and the passive nature of the material – which the electronic book format can overcome, citing developments in pocket Pcs, CD‐ROM, databases, hypertext, text retrieval software, and multimedia. Concludes that when the right combination of technologies is available, a likelihood in the 1990s, the electronic book will become a reality.
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