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Charlie Brooker becomes eReader fan

15th February 2010

Writer and television presenter Charlie Brooker has been converted from an eReader sceptic to a fan because the devices prevent people from seeing what he is reading.

Writing in the Guardian, the Dawn of the Dumb author explained that he was wary of eBooks at first, as he saw himself as a defender of the traditional paper format.

However, Brooker admitted that this view changed once he was given an eReader as a present and experienced the benefits of the innovation first-hand.

Explaining that he believes eBooks' main advantage is stopping others seeing what you are reading, he wrote: 'This is a giant leap forward, one that frees you up to read whatever you want without being judged by the person sitting opposite you on the tube.'

The author also pointed to the other benefits provided by eReaders, which include the ability to carry around up to 1,500 titles.

Last year, National Literacy Trust strategic development director Honor Wilson-Fletcher said that digital formats are useful in allowing people who find it hard to read books on paper, such as the visually impaired, to have access to literature.

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