Battle of the eBooks

At the New York Times, David Pogue has a smart column comparing and contrasting Amazon's Kindle and's new eBook store. While Amazon wants customers to buy and read everything via its own proprietary channels (built around the Kindle), Barnes & Noble is going the open-format route, making its titles available to be read on everything from PCs to BlackBerries. For the moment, Pogue is giving Amazon the higher grade, despite its recent missteps. But this era we're living through reminds me a hell of a lot of the caged death match epoch of the 1980s when the VHS trounced the Betamax for video recording supremacy. There can be only one!