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Jonathan Franzen Says eBooks Are Damaging

Author Jonathan Franzen is against eBooks. ”Maybe nobody will care about printed books 50 years from now, but I do,” he said while speaking at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia.

When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph UK. “The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing – that’s reassuring.”

Franzen defended the paperback technology saying that he could spill water on it and it would still work. He also defended the print format for its permanence. He said, “And what’s more, it will work great 10 years from now. So no wonder the capitalists hate it. It’s a bad business model.”

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