Umberto Eco on e-readers

In a recent interview with Stephen Moss of the Guardian Umberto Eco  states that though most die-hard readers will always prefer the “physicality” of a book he’s not opposed to them in principle.

“He has called books “the corridors of the mind” and recently co-wrote an extended love letter to the printed text called This is Not the End of the Book. But that does not make him a digital counter-revolutionary. Indeed, to save having to carry a bag full of books, on this trip he has instead brought along an iPad with 30 titles downloaded. He nevertheless stands by his contention that this is not the end of the book. Reading devices are fine for long journeys and have advantages for reference books, but committed readers will always crave physicality – “not just Peter Pan but my Peter Pan”, as he puts it.”


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