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Fiction can be moving and transforming. The typeface, cover, colour, and smell of a book can work as mementoes -- when I pick up a book I read when I was 23 it might remind me who I was then, and it might remind me of the journey to where I am now.

Very true. There is less charm to e-reading and that is why I was hesitant to start reading this way. In the end, though, I think e-reading offers many practical benefits over paper and these allow me to read more. So it becomes reading more with less charm vs reading less with a bit more charm. In the end, reading more wins.

I was very proud though when my then 13 month old daughter pulled 1984 off a shelf and walked over to me proudly carrying it. "She is woke already" I said. An e-book can't beat that.

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