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I agree with Sara Barbour on the relative sensual merits of books and Kindles. To me, Kindle reading is to book reading as popping vitamin pills is to gourmet dining: I’m getting some nutrients, but the pleasure is gone.

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However, that’s not my chief objection to Kindle and indeed all e-books and e-book readers. To me, they represent the first fateful step in the televisionization of books.

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Televisionization is the conversion of a place or a communication medium into a television-watching venue. This process began in the mid twentieth century, and it shows no sign of abating.

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