Are eBooks Ready?

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Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez has posted a compelling shake down on all the CES news and the Kindle. Though he’s a frequent commentator on Twitter and elsewhere on the state of the eBook business, he opens up by saying, “It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of eBooks or eReaders, but there’s no question they’re growing in popularity … at least amongst technology companies.”

He then goes on to make a case that, while there may be lots of new eReaders, Kindle’s still got the best setup on the market–it’s easier to buy a Kindle book than any other store’s–but that it’s actually eBooks, not eReaders, that are falling short: “The underwhelming experience solidified my opinion that–if the e-readers we have now are indeed ‘good enough–e-books are still not ready for prime time,” says Charles.

Here’s more: “I have an op-ed going up on Publishing Perspectives on Thursday that touches on this, suggesting that 2010 will be the year of ‘e,’ but that ‘e’ will stand for experimentation. I also attempt to make the case that eReaders will never have their ‘iPod moment’ because books are not music.”

We’re looking forward to that op-ed, which sounds like it will offer a fresh take on eBooks’ problems.