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'Tis the season for electronic readers to be part of holiday shopping at Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. What will that mean for bookstores, the publishing business and the evolution of reading itself? On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear some surprising answers.  Also, California and the new census data, and on a party-line vote, the FCC has approved new rules for the Internet. Did "net neutrality" win over cable providers and phone companies? Will the issue end up in court?

Banner image: (L to R) Barnes & Noble's Nook, Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle

Proust and the Squid

Maryanne Wolf

Making News California Gains Population, Not Clout, Census Shows 10 MIN, 3 SEC

Census figures released today will give Texas four new seats in Congress and Florida two, while New York and Ohio will each lose two. For the first time since becoming a state, California's Congressional delegation won't grow, but it will still have the largest with 53 seats. Tony Quinn is a political consultant and co-editor of the California Target Book, the last word on legislative and congressional districts.



Tony Quinn, Republican political consultant

Main Topic The Kindle, the Nook, the iPad...the Book? 33 MIN, 16 SEC

The Internet and e-books are taking over the reading market, for better or worse: 10 percent this year, 20 percent next year, possibly a majority by 2015. Barnes & Noble is up for sale, and Borders is on the edge of collapse, although independent bookstores might be able to capitalize. Screens require different brain functions than pages, so what will this mean for what we read, how we read and how coming generations learn to think? Will e-books be linked to video, music, games, advertising? Will printed books become luxury items while paperbacks disappear?

Julie Bosman, Reporter, New York Times
Andy Hunter, Editor, Electric Literature
Maryanne Wolf, author of “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World;” Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA
Peter Ginna, Publisher and Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Press

Reporter's Notebook FCC Poised to Approve First Net Neutrality Rules 9 MIN, 26 SEC

By a party-line vote of 3-to-2, the Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules for Internet traffic to protect consumers by guaranteeing access and requiring more public disclosure from cable and telephone companies. When you want access to a legal website, you'll get it. When you're streaming a movie on Netflix and it gets interrupted, you'll be able to find out why. But is it "net neutrality?" Will it hold up in court? Amy Schatz covers the FCC for the Wall Street Journal.

Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal


Warren Olney

Sonya Geis
Darrell Satzman

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