Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 3, 2010

The Battle of the Century

Newsweek magazine recently created this boxing poster-style graphic announcing the world championship bout between books and e-books, complete with a “tale of the tape” that included relative weights: 2.2 pounds (print edition of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) vs. 8.5 ounces (Kindle edition).

As someone who loves books and reading, and is an advocate of reading to young children, I’m just not ready to give up on books in the form of actual words printed on a page. But I am also a firm believer in “never say never,” so I’m not going to say I’ll never read a book in e-book format.

Did you notice the headline of the Newsweek poster? “DOES ONE HAVE TO WIN?” Maybe this world is big enough for both formats. Please take a minute to answer the questions on our e-book poll and let us know what you think about this battle of the century.

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