He greatly encourages grandparents (many of whom personally know nothing of the advantages of electronic reading) to buy books for their grandchildren - books they can discuss with them and enjoy together, no matter the age of those grandchildren. He goes on describes what he saw at a local library sale:
"I was so happy to learn many seniors who were grandparents or great grandparents buying printed books for their grandkids. I know their grandkids are going to be thrilled about receiving them for an upcoming special occasion. One gentleman told me his grandson needs to learn more about American and World History from other sources than what they are teaching in school. So, he added these books will give him the opportunity to talk with his grandson about those certain times in history and to comment on their importance."In fairness, Mr. Calligas does mention that many young people are driven to reading e-books more as a matter of convenience and lower pricing than for any real pleasures to be derived from electronic reading itself. He is quick to point out, too, that he has tried reading e-books and neither enjoys reading them or finds the process to be an easy one.
All of the author's points are well taken, but I do think that most of us these days, young people included, tend to read both e-books and tree-books. About one-third of my own reading, for instance, is done via a Kindle or an iPad app allowing me to access my e-books. On the other hand, my youngest grandson, a seventh-grade student, does his reading exclusively with physical books. He loves the heft and feel of the books he's reading and especially enjoys collecting them in series. I enjoy the convenience of having a large number of books on one device without having to worry about finding shelf-space for them all. (When I want to add a book to my permanent collection, I buy a physical copy even if I have already read it electronically.) I realize that this is only anecdotal evidence, but I've noticed the same reading habits in my granddaughter, a high school junior who much prefers physical books both when it comes to reading for pleasure and when it comes to reading for study - as I well know since I'm the one financially supporting most of her reading.
Personally, what I'm seeing is that the market share of e-books may have very well peaked for now. E-books will always be around, and they certainly have their advantages, but at least for now, the very existence of the physical book is not being threatened - despite all the dire predictions otherwise that were so common just three or four years ago. And that is a wonderful thing.
These are wonderful times for readers.