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08 February 2009


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Books don't require batteries and once you purchase a book, you are free to lend it to whomever you please. Books are easy to skim, and indexes allow for efficient searching.

Ebooks usually have poor indexing and search functions because the reader is limited by the file formats and the application reading the file. Thus it is difficult to find specific information quickly. DRM issues prevent sharing your personal ebook copy with friends. If your reading device runs out of power or fails, your ebooks are inaccessible. If the storage media fails, you don't "have" those ebooks any more. Until the technology is a bit more robust and less controlled, I'll stick with paper books.

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