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'Paperless papers' are on the way

The paperless paper electronic reader

If you're tired of your magazines, papers or sheet music ending up dog-eared and hard to read, how do you fancy switching to paperless versions?

It's not as crazy as it sounds. Science experts at Cambridge University have developed an electronic reader to store hundreds of your favourite titles.

They say it reads just like a magazine, without taking up nearly as much space.

But if you want one, you'll have to wait - it's not due to hit the high street until next year.

The electronic reader is very light and flexible
The gadget is light and really flexible
The chips that hold all the information are being made with plastic, instead of silicone, so it's really light and easy to carry around.

If the electronic readers catch on, it could slash the amount of paper we use.

A single printing press can produce an incredible 15 papers every second!

That adds up to more than 60 tonnes of paper every day, so cutting back on that could save hundreds of thousands of trees.

But not everyone thinks the electronic readers are a good idea. Some newspaper owners say their readers love the old-fashioned papers too much to switch.