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I don't think it's fair to sweep away "portability" as an increasingly non issue. I would put that in the same broad, and significant, category of "Usability".<div>&nbsp;</div> I can carry a paper book wherever I want. I can open it wherever I want, and read it nearly wherever I want. I can balance it on my knees or my hands, fold it in half, prop it an angle, read it in bed comfortably, etc. None of these are things I can do (well) with an e-reader. Not to mention I'm merely annoyed if my child spills milk on it, rather than out some cash for some kind of device.<div>&nbsp;</div> Another usability factor is that reading a book is a relatively passive experience relative to reading things in other mediums. About the only thing I need to do is flip a page every once in a while. I'm not linking to this reference, or having a popup remind me of this other thing; nor do I even have the option.<div>&nbsp;</div> Plus, books smell good.

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I don't doubt that books can still be more portable individually, but for me these days, I need to carry a veritable library around with me. (Research work for my own dead-tree publication). Even three books and a laptop seems to be giving me a backache while carrying the bag and walking for a while. <div>&nbsp;</div> I've been looking for a good solution for e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle, or some tablet computer for e-books from Safari Media. But I'm not convinced that they are quite there yet (or affordable).<div>&nbsp;</div> And you're right: I like the smell of a good book, especially older ones. :) <div>&nbsp;</div>

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