End of the book?

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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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4 Responses to “End of the book?”

  1. I own a number of ebooks. I download them, read them on the PDA and if I like them, I go over to Amazon and order the real thing. I think it is a good idea to have everything stored electronically but as you say I don’t think the end of the printed book is in sight.

  2. Have you tried reading a printed book at night without a lightbulb? 🙂 I can read my PDA under the covers. I prefer real books though.

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