Questions 56 to 60 are based on the followingpassage.
There is a certain inevitability that ebook saleshave now overtaken paperback sales on Amazon'sUS site. Amazon's Kindle 2 is so light and so cheapthat it's easy to see why people have rushed to buyit. Though I'm still not keen on the design of the Kindle, it is a vast improvement on itspredecessor and certainly tolerable. Beyond the device itself, Amazon has done a great jobof rolling out Kindle apps, ensuring that people like me-who have an iPad but not a Kindle-canstill join in the fun. Once you're into the Kindle ecosystem, Amazon locks you in tightly-just asApple does with its iTunes/ iPod ecosystem. It's so easy to buy from Amazon's store and thebooks are so cheap that it's not worth the effort of going elsewhere.
While I remain opposed to Amazon's DRM (数字版权管理)-indeed, I'm opposed to DRM onany ebooks-I have to admit that the implementation is so smooth that most Kindle userswon't care at all that their ebooks can't be moved to other devices.
The ebook trend is nowhere near peaking. Over the next five years we can expect to seemore and more readers move away from printed books and pick up ebooks instead. But I don'tthink that will mean the death of the printed book.
There are some who prefer printed books. They like having shelves filled with books they'veread and books they plan to read; they like the feel of the book in their hands and the differentweights and typefaces and layouts of different titles. In other words, they like the physical formof the book almost as much as the words it contains.
I can sympathise with those people. As I wrote earlier this week, my ideal situation would befor publishers to bundle ebooks with printed ones-in much the same way that film studiosbtmdie DVDs with digital copies of films. There's no reason to think that lovers of printed bookswill change their minds. There will undoubtedly be fewer of them as time goes by because morepeople will grow up with ebooks and spend little time with printed ones. However, just as thereare people who love vinyl records(黑胶唱片), even if they were born well into the CD era, therewill still be a dedicated minority who love physical books.
Since there are fewer of these people, that will mean fewer bookshops and higher prices forprinted books but I don't think the picture is entirely bleak. There is scope for smaller printruns of lavishly designed printed books and bookshops aimed at book lovers, rather than theStieg Larsson-reading masses. With mainstream readers out of the printed book market, booklovers might even find they get a better experience.
56. What can be inferred from Paragraph One?
A.Most people buy Kindle 2 mainly because of its low price.
B.The author of the passage is a loyal customer of Apple products.
C.Amazon's Kindle 2 surpassed Kindle 1 in designing.
D.The sales of ebook outnumbered those of paperback in the U. S.
57. According to the passage, the reason why the author opposes to Amazon's DRM is that______
A.ebooks can only be purchased on Amazon. com
B.Kindle books are not compatible with other electronic reading devices
C.once implemented, ebooks can't be transferred to other equipments
D.ebooks installed on Kindle 2 can't be edited freely
58. It can be learned that the trend of ebooks______
A.will come to stop any time soon
B.will reach the summit in the near future
C.will meet its heyday when printed books die
D.has already reached its peak
59. Why does the author believe that the surging sales of ebooks won't mean the death ofthe printed book?
A.Because a minority will stick to their love of printed books.
B.Because the majority of book lovers won't change their minds.
C.Because people always hold nostalgic feelings towards printed books.
D.Because people will return to the printed books as time goes by.
60. According to the author, which of the following is TRUE about the future of printedbooks?
A.They will be bundled with ebooks.
B.They will no longer be available in the market.
C.They will be sold in small quantity and high quality.
D.They will be redesigned to cater to the masses.
电子书销量已经超过亚马逊网站平装本销量，这是不可避免的。亚马逊(Amazon)的Kindle 2既轻又便宜，很容易就能看出人们为什么急于购买。尽管我仍然对Kindle的设计不感兴趣，但它在电子书阅读器的基础上有了巨大的改进，当然还算过得去。除了Kindle本身，亚马逊还在推出Kindle应用程序方面做得很好，确保像我这样有iPad但没有Kindle的人也能享受其中的乐趣。一旦你进入Kindle的生态系统，亚马逊就会紧紧地把你锁在里面——就像苹果的iTunes/ iPod生态系统一样。从亚马逊的商店很容易就能买到，而且书也很便宜，不值得花力气去别的地方买。
虽然我依然反对亚马逊的DRM(数字版权管理)——实际上,我反对DRM onany ebooks-I不得不承认,实现平稳,大部分Kindle userswon不在乎他们的电子书不能搬到其他设备。
我能同情那些人。正如我在本周早些时候所写的，我的理想状态是出版商将电子书与印刷版图书捆绑在一起——就像film studiosbtmdie dvd与电影的数字拷贝捆绑在一起一样。没有理由认为纸质书的爱好者会改变主意。毫无疑问，随着时间的推移，电子书将会越来越少，因为更多的人将在电子书的陪伴下长大，而很少花时间在纸质书上。然而,正如有爱黑胶唱片的人(黑胶唱片),即使他们出生到CD的时代,therewill仍然是一个专用的少数人喜欢纸质书。