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Franzen: “Serious Readers” Choose Paper


January 31, 2012
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Jonathan Franzen, acclaimed author of The Corrections and Freedom, made a statement in support of printed books while speaking at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. In a report by The Telegraph, Franzen is quoted as saying “serious readers” opt for the paper edition over ebooks because they appreciate the permanence of physical books.
“The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom. 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,” said Franzen.
 
He continues to say how a printed book conveys a sense of reassurance to the reader that they’re holding on to a piece of time and space. 
Read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.

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