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An electronics manufacturer has come out with a book reader gadget. For about $300, one can curl up with this device to read downloadable books. Even if the novel isn't as satisfying, the device could still be heartwarming, literally speaking.

As for me, paper books still work. They never run out of battery; they're readable even if soaked in the rain; they still work after a hard drop on the floor; rewind and fast forward are intuitive. And they are not as attractive to thieves.

According to a recent news item, the average person watches four and a half hours of TV every day and an average US household has more television sets than people. We hope there are more books too, even if they are this newer kind.

bibliopegy (bib-lee-OP-uh-jee) noun

The art and craft of binding books.

[From Greek biblio- (book) + pegnynai (to fasten).]

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"The commitment necessary to be a success at this life should take up every second of the day -- and would compete too much with the bewitching and jealous mistress that is forensic bibliopegy." Yxta Maya Murray; The Conquest; Rayo Books; 2002.


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