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The few ebooks I've had the pleasure of reading, such as collections of Taylor Eaton's flash fiction, Charles Peterson Sheppard's action thriller The Specialist, Serina Hartwell's YA fantasy book Hidden and Ming Holden's amazing nonfiction The Survival Girls have not been hampered by the format in which I read them.
In fact, the ebook makes any book reviewer's job, and arguably any prolific book reader's life, far easier - the ability to run a quick character search may confirm that character's first appearance, for example. There are times I've looked through my bookshelf for a book, and, after finding the novel, biography or history that I had read months or years earlier, sought a specific passage that I wanted to re-read. The results have been mixed in many of these searches, and often seeking out information elsewhere on the same obscure details is difficult.
Further, you can abandon an ebook with greater confidence for a few months before picking it up again, content in the knowledge that you will be easier able to remind yourself of previous incidents on your return to it through the index or the table of contents or through a simple search. Further, for good or ill, we are digitizing data today in a way that enables us to monitor, examine and in many ways improve the world around us. We're doing the same in literature. Its benefits for readers and writers alike are clear. Overuse of words and phrases can be eradicated, bad habits ironed out, and plagiarism called out. And Hawthorne or Hemingway can be studied for all kinds of patterns.
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Yes I like the FEEL of real books. The smell. And MMMmmmm. Oh so tasty! But is there a more significant rationale for our love of the paper page than this sentiment?