Will We Close The Book On Books?

Book lovers are the Luddites of the intellectual world. I can no more imagine their giving up the printed page than I can imagine a picture in the New York Post showing the Pope technoboogieing the night away in a disco. My adventure in cyberspace (Riding the Bullet, available on any computer near you) has confirmed this idea dramatically. My mail and the comments on my website www.stephenking.com reflect two things: first, readers enjoyed the story; second, most didn't like getting it on a screen, where it appeared and then disappeared like Aladdin's genie.

Books have weight and texture;...

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