I emailed the editor in hopes of writing a full-length response to "Goodbye, books?," but I'll take a published letter. Perhaps a few bookworms will read it and quit fretting about the supposed digital assault on our attention spans and books.
Really, there are all kinds of actual problems we can worry about. Why get so bothered over the fact that people are beginning to read words on a screen instead of a book page?
Anyway, here's the unedited letter. Thanks to the paper for publishing it.
This was a very interesting story. I’m glad the News and Review decided to cover this issue, but I think the concern about e-readers (and technology in general) expressed in the article is misplaced.
As I mentioned in a blog post about the article, “we don’t value learning new things as much as we once did, and I think it’s because our education system sucks out loud. If we could make the appropriate changes in our classrooms, I’m optimistic that we could easily recover our attention spans, regardless of how much we tweet or surf the internet."