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The traditional paper book is not in danger of being killed off by an electronic gadget, the British Library said. Sony will launch an electronic book in Waterstone's stores across the country on Thursday.
The £199 slimline Sony Reader can hold up to 160 electronic books and the capacity can be increased using memory cards. But Stephen Bury, head of European and American collections at the British Library, said the book lover and pleasure reader would not give up the traditional paper book for an electronic gadget.