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Books - The Last Chapter?

Episode 6 of 8

Will the rise of electronic books mark the final chapter in the love story between traditional books and their readers? Alan Yentob discusses the subject with a host of writers.

With the rise of electronic books, is the final chapter about to be written in the long love story between books and their readers? Will the app take the place of the traditional book?

Alan Yentob discusses the subject with writers Alan Bennett, Douglas Coupland, Ewan Morrison and Gary Shteyngart, publisher Gail Rebuck, agent Ed Victor and librarian Rachael Morrison. They also smell books, making precise notes about the distinctive aroma of each.

1 hour, 10 minutes


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Ernest Tomlinson

    Pizzicato Humoresque

  • David Bowie

    The Man Who Sold The World

  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une enfante defunte

  • Charlie Musselwhite

    Key to the Highway

  • Matmos

    For the Trees

  • Jacques Loussier

    JS Bach Pastorale

  • Born Ruffians

    I Need a Life (Four-Tet Remix)

  • Camille Saint-Saëns (electronic version by William Orbit)


  • Gary Numan

    Are Friends Electric?

    Performer: Tubeway Army.
  • Versions by Django Reinhardt and Edmundo Ros



Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Producer Tim Kirby
Series Editor Alan Yentob


  • Tue 13 Dec 2011 22:35
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