"The Internet is seen as a levelling technology, opening up a global marketplace for e-commerce. However. . . the Internet infrastructure as it currently exists actually means European businesses are fuelling a US rather than European driven economy." - Barry Castle, public affairs manager, 3Com speaking at the first meeting of the Alliance for the Internet in Europe.

"The shape of books as we know them is changing. By 2001, 50,000 electronic titles will be available, and millions of people will be reading books in electronic form. Each eBook will have the capacity to store literally tens of thousands of titles - as many as you find in some bookstores today."- Bill Gates speaking at the COMDEX/Fall '98 in Las Vegas last week.