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Author Jonathan Franzen Speaks Out Against E-Books

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NEW YORK (CBS) - American writer of bestselling novels “The Corrections” and “Freedom” Jonathan Franzen came out swinging against e-books at a speaking engagement in Cartagena, Colombia. The Telegraph reported Franzen saying physical paper books are the more superior technology because they’ll still be around in 10 years. “I can spill water on it and it would still work! So it’s pretty good technology. 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,” Franzen told the Telegraph. The criticism didn’t end there. Franzen went on to imply that people who read e-books are not serious readers. “I think, for serious readers, a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience. Everything else in your life is fluid, but here is this text that doesn’t change,” Franzen said.

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