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I’m part of the Cybils (Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award) fiction picture book committee this year, and have been receiving review copies of nominated books for the last few weeks. I was interested to see that some publishers have sent downloadable PDF files instead of a physical copy of the book. It got me to thinking: will electronic review copies ever become the standard? From the publisher’s standpoint, it makes sense – you can send out books quickly, to many people, and you save a boatload of loot. From this reviewer’s point of view, it’s not a perfect system. Especially with picture books, it’s hard to beat the physical copy. Reading a picture book on the computer screen just doesn’t have the same appeal. This is less of an issue with text-only titles, but is PDF book reviewing the wave of the future?

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