As Joe Queenan noted in a recent Wall Street Journal essay (adapted from his book, One for the Books), My philosophy is simple: Certain things are perfect the way they are. The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books. Books are sublimely visceral, emotionally evocative objects that constitute a perfect delivery system.
Ebook readers are useless for people engaged in an intense, lifelong love affair with books. Books that we can touch; books that we can smell; books that we can depend on. Books that make us believe, for however short a time, that we shall all live happily ever after.
Do you agree with Joe? Are you a fan of printed books, or a fan of ebooks, or a fan of both?
Here’s a link to his book on Amazon: One for the Books by Joe Queenan