Will our appetite for tablets and e-readers eventually kill traditional booksellers?

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These days, tablets are big news in the tech world. Of course, they’ve been big news since 2010, when Apple launched its iPad and helped usher in yet another must-have device.

But last month, online retailer Amazon poured gasoline on the flames with its own foray into the market — the Kindle Fire. Priced at $199, the Kindle Fire could sell 5 million units in the fourth quarter, by some estimates.

Of course, the Kindle — and to a lesser extent the iPad — are used as e-readers. So what does the ascendance of tablets mean for traditional ink-and-paper retailers? You know, bookstores?

There have already been some possible harbingers — Borders Group, the Michigan-based bookselling chain, closed all its remaining stores this year after failing to react quickly enough to technology advances (like e-books, for one).

For their part, local booksellers say that e-books haven’t hurt their business.

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