In praise of print

In “Across the digital divide,”  Seanan McGuire writes a passionate and intelligent piece about why we need books and libraries in the age of e-readers.

McGuire says:

…every time a discussion of ebooks turns, seemingly inevitably, to “Print is dead, traditional publishing is dead, all smart authors should be bailing to the brave new electronic frontier,” what I hear, however unintentionally, is “Poor people don’t deserve to read.”

McGuire puts a human face on a big problem for American education and the American economy. I haven’t run across McGuire’s fiction, (I rarely read fiction less than 25 years old; You can’t tell if a novel will last until it’s 25.) but having read her nonfiction, I’m going to look for her fiction.

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