This amazing stop-motion animated film, created for the New Zealand Book Council, reminds me of all the reasons I love books — the old-fashioned ones, that call for turning actual paper pages. This clip, produced by the creative team of Line and Martin Andersen for the ad firm Colenso BBDO, features a passage from Maurice Gee’s 1992 book Going West. Trust me, it’s worth two minutes of your time:

Try doing that with a Kindle! Electronic readers may be popular, and they may even shrink my cumbersome wallful of literary treasures into a single portable hand-held device. But the book remains a pretty efficient content-delivery system that’s served us well for centuries.

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