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It is possible that the public will not fall on the iPad, as I did, like lions on an antelope. Perhaps they will find the apps and the iBooks too expensive. Maybe they will wait for more fully featured later models. But for me, my iPad is like a gun lobbyist's rifle: the only way you will take it from me is to prise it from my cold, dead hands. One melancholy thought occurs as my fingers glide and flow over the surface of this astonishing object: Douglas Adams is not alive to see the closest thing to his Hitchhiker's Guide that humankind has yet devised.
Fry is a writer, actor and broadcaster. His films include Wilde, Gosford Park, V for Vendetta and, most recently, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, in which he plays the Cheshire Cat. He has written four novels and two volumes of autobiography as well as plays, screenplays and TV series