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January 31, 2012
Scalzi vs. Franzen on E-Books
Jonathan Franzen is profiled in the UK Guardian, as an author unhappy with e-books and concerned about their effects, when compared to physical books. John Scalzi takes a moment to respond in his blog.
Franzen is concerned for the physical book. He comes across as not precisely anti-technology/anti-Internet, but as someone who sees the creative writing environment and its output as physical books as somehow separate and better. Scalzi is, shall we say, skeptical. Both make good points and are worth reading.
I am myself conflicted. I live my life online and am constantly connected. But I have also been influenced by Muriel Cooper and her love of typography and the printed medium. Books are beautiful and useful in physical form; I don't want e-books to wipe that out. I want the two to co-exist, as each has its benefits.
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