The notion that digital books will transform civilization—excuse me, this is crazy talk. Digital books arguably are an improvement over the current method of book distribution, but they’re not going to revolutionize anything except in the sense of putting bookstores out of business. They’re not going to bring enlightenment to backward corners of the planet; on the contrary, they require complicated, expensive technology available only to the affluent. A paper book found in an attic retains its power to conjure another world; if you stumble on a Kindle with its battery discharged, you’ve got an inert plastic box.

Ed Zotti, “Digital Psychosis”