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March 19, 2008
Every so often someone talks about how books will one day become obsolete; that some kind of device, an iBook perhaps, will be able to download any book from the internet and in doing so replace the printed word. No doubt I’d buy one. I’m a man who likes his gadgets. But as for making books obsolete, I doubt it. There’s something about a book. It’s as much an object of desire as it is a vehicle for entertainment or learning. It has an identity all its own. Comparisons with vinyl don’t cut it.

Nope, books will never become obsolete.