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Franzen’s e-book rant

By Francis Ho  

Jonathan Franzen signs one of his books for a fan—hard copy, his preferred format. Photo credit: renaatje

Jonathan Franzen’s recent rant against e-books is reminiscent of a scene is his latest novel, Freedom. College student Jessica Berglund accuses her father’s assistant Lalitha of not understanding how young people communicate—they’ve moved on from email to instant messaging and texts. Lalitha, at age 27, is now too old to get it, claims Jessica. When it comes to e-books, it seems that it’s Franzen who just doesn’t get it, although I wonder if he simply takes…

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