The Big Read Blog (Archive)


March 9, 2009
Washington, DC

With the news of Amazon having released its new and improved version of the Kindle, it may seem like yet another death knell for the book. I stumbled across this quote by John Steinbeck the other day -- in George Seldes's The Great Quotations -- that reminded me this is not a new debate, but one that has raged all through the technological age. (And yes, I agree with Mr. Steinbeck on this one.):

"It is wonderful that even today, with all competition of records, of radio, of television, of motion pictures, the book has kept its precious character. . . . Messages come from behind the controlled and censored areas of the world and they do not ask for radios, for papers and pamphlets. They invariably ask for books. They believe books when they believe nothing else."