Let me start by saying this feels like an outdated sentiment to me. Don’t you think it’s just about run its course? C’mon, e-books ARE real books. Everybody knows that by now.
Also? There’s no dark side. I love books as much as anyone — my credentials as a voracious reader are solid. But honestly, a story can be told in a hardcover book, or a softcover book, or with pixels or e-ink on a screen, or someone could be reading it to me as an audiobook… and it’s just as good. The experience of the book, the world I get lost in… it’s equally satisfying, regardless of the medium through which I experience it.
I love printed books and e-books and audiobooks, so I’m not playing favorites here. Nobody is forcing you to accept digital technology (although I’ll bet you had no trouble embracing it with movies and recorded music). It really doesn’t matter to me if you ever buy an e-reader or not. But it matters to me that you characterize it as the dark side. Ho hum. Can we find something new to say?
This is a “both/and” world, not an “either/or” world. For a long time to come, we’re going to have printed books right alongside digital books. Many of us will continue to buy both. They’re all “real” books. There’s no reason you can’t embrace both, no reason to demonize digital technology.
And if you’re a writer, there’s reason to think e-books are the best thing that could have happened to you, because people who have e-readers seem to be buying more books overall, both digital and print. Everyone wins!
So, can’t we all just get along? No more “dark side.” No more “real” books versus whatever. Let’s all just enjoy books in the medium of our choice.
Although I can’t help but mention… if you’ve never tried an e-reader, you’re truly missing out on one of the great joys of 21st century life. Just sayin’.