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Michael Morpurgo 'welcomes technology'

15th July 2010

Writer Michael Morpurgo has welcomed the increasing use of technology in the literary world.

Speaking to the BBC, the author and former Children's Laureate said that more young people should be encouraged to access novels via mobile devices such as iPads and cell phones.

He claimed that technology is critical to the future of the novel and should not only be made available to the privileged few.

Morpurgo said: 'When one talks about books what we really mean is stories. We don't actually mean the physical page which is how we've accessed it for hundreds of years.

'Technology is telling us there are other ways of doing this which are every bit as interesting.'

He added that people had predicted, incorrectly, that the advent of television would kill off the novel and suggested similar forecasts regarding the impact of mobile communications technology will also prove to be inaccurate.

Recently, US publisher Hachette Book Group claimed that author James Patterson had become the first author to sell more than one million e-books.

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