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http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-20005008-82.html

Even if the launch of the iPad triggered a torrent of e-book torrenting, so what? That’s only ‘cause it catalyzed latent demand. Blaming the iPad for this is like blaming J.K. Rowling for a spike in book shoplifting.

The game was already changed with Kindle. Is the iPad a paradigm shift or merely an accelerator?  I suspect the latter, but it’s too early to say for sure.  One thing is certain:  the tremendous changes the publishing industry has seen in the last decade are mouse nuts compared to what’s ahead.  Just as disintermediation in the music industry has been great for individual artists working under the mega-hit radar who are willing to take on the tasks of  building and maintaining their audience, the same will continue to be true for individual authors.  We’ve just had our distribution channel blown wide open.

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