Newman says he should be the perfect candidate for an e-reader: he owns thousands of books, lacks space for more, and often schleps several heavy volumes in his bag. So when he begged his family to refrain from getting him a Kindle for Christmas, they were confounded. Newman reflects on his enjoyment of actual books and notes that he remembers passages by where they are in his books–this or that detail is two-thirds of the way through, on the bottom left. Physical memory runs deep. Newman sees e-books as a companion format that will always share space with printed volumes and concludes that it’s best to read a book you can hold in your own hands.
Newman is a writer at work on his first novel.