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Reading stufff like this makes you wonder how long the printed book has got left. But the book has a great resilience, and I can’t imagine a time when it would be more pleasant to sit under a tree on a summer’s day with a hand held electronic device rather than a physical volume with pages.

Initiatives such as this will be important for research, but won’t, in my estimation, signal the end for the traditional book.

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