E-books Can’t Burn

From the New York Review of Books, an article by Tim Parks:

Interviewed after winning England’s Costa Prize for Literature in late January, the distinguished novelist Andrew Miller remarked that while he assumed that soon most popular fiction would be read on screen, he believed and hoped that literary fiction would continue to be read on paper. In his Man Booker Prize acceptance speech last October, Julian Barnes made his own plea for the survival of printed books. Jonathan Franzen has also declared himself of the same faith. At the university where I work, certain professors, old and young, will react with disapproval at the notion that one is reading poetry on a Kindle. It is sacrilege.

Are they right?

It is clear when reading the entire article at the link, that the author likes e-books and some of the comments are quite passionate on the subject. My take is that it really isn’t something to either “love” or “hate.” I have a Kindle, read from it, and I have books and read them—both methods perfectly acceptable and rewarding.

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