Sunday, June 01, 2008

Ray Bradbury Disses Ebooks

Legendary Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury attended the BookExpo America convention in Los Angeles this weekend and gave his opinion on e-books:
There is no future for e-books because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.
I've heard several reasons why e-books may not have a future, but not being books wasn't one of them. Can't e-books have a future whether they are or aren't "books"?

I just took a whiff of my Sony e-book reader and it smells nothing like burned fuel. It smells a lot more like plastic. How does one smell an e-book, anyway? What do kilobytes of data smell like? This might be fodder for a science fiction novel. Maybe that's what Bradbury had in mind.

I had considered attending the convention but they didn't post the program online for a long time and I didn't know what authors would be there. Sounds like I didn't miss a thing, except the Prince concert.