This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Presizing the StringWriter is optional, but improves performance. Here I assumed that the file encoding was one byte per character. If that's not the case you may wish to presize differently - e.g. for UTF-16 use
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subject: Is there an efficient way to read a text file into a string?