Ebooks . A growing library of translations from classical Japanese can now be purchased as ebooks for smart phones, computers, or dedicated readers. Links for Kindle editions are being added below, but you may find other electronic editions available. As with any new medium, teething problems have occurred. Hyphenization and verse formatting pose a technical problem in ebooks because of the variety of screen size. What is less excusable is bad copy-editing and poor conversion. When kanji and even macrons appear as graphics rather than as text, one wonders whether to blame publishers for ignorance or laziness in not taking the same care with ebooks as they do with print. Yet these are essentially aesthetic flaws which may affect the pleasure of reading, but do not detract from the many other benefits of the format. As time passes, more and more of us will start havingkey texts both in ebook form and print. (Publishers should consider offering a package deal.) In discussions about the pros and cons of reading on the screen, there is one benefit that is often overlooked because it is of less importance for general readers. Ebooks allow students and scholars to search the whole text—or our notes—for any word or phrase. In academia, that is one of the most valuable functions that an ebook can offer.