Charles Petzold

E-Books Are Better Books

September 6, 2007
New York, N.Y.

I've always considered the printed book to be an excellent medium for transferring and assimilating information. Consequently I've been baffled in recent years when people have proposed replacing this technological marvel with some clumsy battery-powered device or, even worse, the computer screen. What's the point?

An article on the front page of the business section in today's New York Times entitled “Are Books Passé? Web Giants Envision the Next Chapter” (available online here) has convinced me that I've been wrong. Here's the passage that made me a convert to the new e-book readers:

Better books: Now that's a concept I can appreciate!