Social networking for romance readers
Author Jonathan Frazen has got me thinking today after a talk he gave at a literary festival that has been widely reported in the broadsheets. He says that ebooks are a bad thing for society because of their "impermanence". He argues that text - i.e. on paper - is permanent and that authors and readers need the security of knowing that.
To some degree, he has a point about the digital age - there is just so much "content" out there and so much of it can't be preserved forever. Yet his argument reminded me of old saying: "today's newsprint is tomorrow's chip paper". Surely this remains the case whether books are made of paper or delivered electronically? Some will endure, most won't.
I would bet that the internet has caused an explosion of the written word rather than anything else. Back in the olden days, avid readers like me used to scour cornflake packets. No need now, words to read everywhere.
So I don't really buy his argument and it just sounds a bit luddite to me. As a writer text is text, no matter the medium. And language is no less amazing for being on screen. And ebooks might just make more people read books and more readers read more books.
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