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“Those of you who’ve seen my book—whatever you may think of its contents—will probably agree that it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the e-book, it has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping.”

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source: acceptance speech for the Man Booker Prize, quoted by BBC News, “Man Booker Prize Won by Julian Barnes on Fourth Attempt,” by Tim Masters, October 19, 2011.

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“…e-books don’t wear out. Programming them to self-destruct after 26 checkouts is tantamount to asking librarians to embrace entropy. Anyone who thinks that this is going to happen has never spent any time with a librarian.”

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source: “Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug,” The Guardian, March 8, 2011.

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