The Kindle is progress

Back in the day, the horse and buggy had to give way to the automobile—and now it looks like it’s the turn of printed literature to give way to electronic literature.

“The notion that physical books are ending their lifecycle is upsetting to people who hold them to be synonymous with literature and terrifying to those who make their living within the existing structures of publishing. As an editor and a lover of books, I sympathize. But why should a civilization that reads electronically be any less literate than one that harvests trees to do so?”