eBooks can’t burn

Nice post (in response to Jonathan Franzen’s dissing of ebooks) in The New York Review of Books from Tim Park:

The e-book, by eliminating all variations in the appearance and weight of the material object we hold in our hand and by discouraging anything but our focus on where we are in the sequence of words (the page once read disappears, the page to come has yet to appear) would seem to bring us closer than the paper book to the essence of the literary experience.

 

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