A friend recently reminded me of a story where two children hear/learn /read in a book about a time long ago when all books were in print, and it's very strange to them as they are totally electronic in their future time.

the story was most probably written by an English-writing author, dated before 1990 and probably in the 1960s or so.

Any ideas?

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    It's not Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, although that is a 50s story about a future without books, albeit in a very different context. (The film was 60s, though.)
    – Christi
    Jun 2, 2011 at 10:32
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    I vaguely remember this. The children made a remark how it was funny that paper books from the past were static, i.e. nothing was moving on their pages. Jun 2, 2011 at 12:21

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It's a short story by Isaac Asimov called "The Fun They Had."

There's a full copy of the text here

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    I remember this story well. I believe I read it in sixth grade. Jun 2, 2011 at 15:54

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