1. Polemic 

    Franzen: E-books Bad for Society

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:  Author Jonathan Franzen (R) talks on stage with Editor of The New Yorker David Remnick during The 2011 New Yorker Festival: Jonathan Franzen talks with David Remnick at Acura at SIR Stage37 on October 1, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

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    First it was the iPhone, now it's the e-book. Jonathan Franzen, the author of Freedom and The Corrections, launched a passionate defense of the printed book—and an attack on e-books—at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. “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,” said Franzen. “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.” Wondering whether nonelectronic print will be around in 50 years, he said he fears that “it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that. That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”

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