This is a cross-post of my comment on Andrew Piper’s article on Slate: "Out of Touch - E-reading isn’t reading.“ Piper says:
Indeed, Tim Parks points out at the New York Review of Books that:
What the sentimentality of this article ignores is the reality books and reading face today. Ebooks represent an opportunity for access and choice. So many children around the world don’t have the luxury you describe, and literacy is - amazingly - a major issue around the world. Ebooks are helping to solve that problem. For many of us, ebooks allow us to fit in reading, or read things previously inaccessible. No longer do we have to choose the edition that happens to be available sitting on a shelf, or suffer small typography, or read a small book because we can’t take a large book with us.
No one among ebook advocates - to my knowledge - condemning the printed book in any way. I would imagine the strongest proponents, like myself, have homes full of printed books. But we love reading above all and some historical notion of what reading is supposed to feel like seems merely silly.