On scrutinizing the best-selling e-books for 2004, we moved past the usual mountain of titles by "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown and alighted on the name of local science-fiction...

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On scrutinizing the best-selling e-books for 2004, we moved past the usual mountain of titles by “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown and alighted on the name of local science-fiction author Greg Bear. Bear has not one but two titles on the list of most downloaded books for 2004: “Darwin’s Radio” at No. 5, and “Darwin’s Children” at No. 9.

The e-book industry has been experiencing a revival, thanks in part to the ever-growing number of electronic gadgets (including cellphones) available for text downloading. Here’s the complete list, heavy on Brown, Bear, science fiction and reference:

“The Da Vinci Code” (Doubleday), “Angels & Demons” (PocketBooks), “Deception Point” (PocketBooks), “Digital Fortress” (St. Martin’s Press), all by Dan Brown; “Darwin’s Radio” by Greg Bear (Del Rey); “Holy Bible, New International Version” (Zondervan); “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov (Spectra); “Electronic Pocket Oxford English Dictionary & Thesaurus Value Pack” (Oxford University Press); “Darwin’s Children” by Greg Bear (Del Rey); and “Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary” (Merriam-Webster).

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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor