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Books. What are your first thoughts when you hear the word “book”? Are you excited and you can’t wait to get home to continue reading the book which lies – still open from last night - on your bedside table? Or are you uninterested and even feel a certain kind of hate, because your teachers forced you to read books? Books you’ve never heard of, books you didn’t understand, and books you didn’t like from the second on you heard their title?
I’m here today to introduce all of you to a new type of reading, a more modern type of reading, a type of reading which might even bring back the fun of reading to those of you, who lost it…

However you feel about books, it is undisputable that books are incredible devices.

A book is an object that is nicely designed, wondrously functional, endlessly useful and loved more passionately than any other device (at least by those of you who were not yet frightened by your teacher’s book choices). It is a reliable storage device, it is instant-on, it needs no batteries and it is just very, very handy – hey, you don’t even need a manual, isn’t that great?!!

Many people think the book is an invention, so perfect, that it can’t be improved.

No doubt, books are great, but what if the book on your bedside table had features? What if it was a device which contained not just one novel but hundreds of them? What if this device would be able to operate totally independent of a computer? That sounds pretty swell, doesn’t it?

Well, let me tell you, it is! With this magical device called ebook reader you can connect to a store, browse there for books, check personalized recommendations and read other reader’s reviews.

Buying a book just takes the tip of a finger and in less than a minute the book is automatically added to your library and downloaded onto your ebook reader. And the best thing – best sellers and new releases cost only about 10 bucks, other books even less. Also you can subscribe to newspapers, magazines, and even blogs from all over the world. As you see, the ebook reader is not just a book, it’s a reading experiences supplied by all types of reading materials.

In addition most ebook readers can connect to the Web itself – to look up things in Wikipedia, search via Google for pictures of places which you’re favorite character just travelled to, or to translate a word if you choose to read a book in a foreign language.

The list of things you can do with that incredible device is endless.

I know there are many who take great pleasure in physical books, and so do I. But why do we love these objects? Why do we love the smell of paper and ink? The simple answer is that we associate that smell with all those worlds we’ve been transported to.

What we really love are the words and ideas behind the smell. I don’t want to say that printed books are outdated and that we should all switch to ebooks now. They are not - at least not yet.

Take a second, all of you, and think of the energy-wasting and resource-draining process of how we make books.
We chop down trees, transport them to plants, mash them into pulp, move the pulp to another factory to press into sheets, ship the sheets to a plant to put ink on them, then cut the sheets and bind them and ship the thing called book around the world.

Do you believe that this is the way we will be doing that in - let’s say – 50 or maybe 60 years? Probably not. And that’s why ebooks matter.

Ebooks not only have some great features, they supply you with all the books you could ask for, at low cost, and they are eco-friendly as well.

That said, I want to send you on your way, with one final thought: Wouldn’t it be great if all people had access to the entire works of humankind, from the beginning of recorded history, in all languages, at all times?

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