Young read­ers love printed books

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - Sean Sweeney, Re­ston

It ap­peared that no one younger than 33 years old was in­ter­viewed for the July 8Metro ar­ti­cle “Li­braries check out the fu­ture.” (Some peo­ple’s ages weren’t listed.) I am a 13-year-old who loves to read. I am a reg­u­lar pa­tron of the public li­brary sys­tems in Fair­fax and Loudoun coun­ties, and I have checked out stacks of books for years.

Noth­ing beats a pa­per book. I have a Kin­dle and sev­eral other elec­tronic de­vices, but I do not think the ex­pe­ri­ence of read­ing a book on pa­per can be im­proved by tech­nol­ogy.

Most peo­ple think that my gen­er­a­tion is too de­pen­dent on tech­nol­ogy; in many ways this per­cep­tion is cor­rect, but the truth is that we still love a good old-fash­ioned book to read. When I look around my mid­dle school dur­ing the day, I see many stu­dents car­ry­ing and read­ing not e-books, but printed books. While we­may com­mu­ni­cate with one other elec­tron­i­cally, many of us still pre­fer to read on pa­per.

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