And they're also pretty good for swatting flies and biffing your kids round the head according to the Sydney Morning Herald. E-books, it seems, are *yawn* so last year.
Clearing through some of the nice things I'd marked for blogging but not got round to, I found this quote by novelist John Lancaster:
Personally, I think that books are going to be OK, for one main reason: books are not only, or not primarily, the information they contain. A book is also an object, and a piece of technology; in fact, a book is an extraordinarily effective piece of technology, portable, durable, expensive to pirate but easy to use, not prone to losing all its data in crashes, and capable of taking an amazing variety of beautiful forms.