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Print Honored Above Digital At The National Book Awards

At The National Book Awards last night, books were being celebrated, but eBooks not as much.

The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz called the eBooks, “The bastard cousin of the print book” and Patti Smith begged the audience not to give up physical books. In her winning speech she said, “There is nothing more beautiful in our material world than the book.”

Of the winning books only two of them are available as eBooks. The Poetry winner Terrance Hayes’s Lighthead (Penguin Books) is available as an eBook, as is Nonfiction winner Patti Smith’s Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers).

The Fiction winner Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.) and the Young People’s Literature winner Kathryn Erskine‘s Mockingbird (Philomel) both lack eBook editions.

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