Leading article: Long live books

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The Independent Online

The days of the book may not be numbered after all, research published by Roehampton University in Surrey suggests. An overwhelming finding among children from 22 primary schools and 24 secondaries is that reading is one of the activities they still enjoy, despite the advent of new technologies. So perhaps the days of commuter trains being packed with laptop luvvies and pervaded by the thud, thud, thud of the bass guitar as people listen to music via their headphones will be a thing of the past when the next generation leave school. Here's to wishful thinking.

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