Some of the reporting of my acceptance remarks for the National Book Award suggests that I "took a swipe" at electronic books. I hope my actual speech, given in full in the previous post, will clear that up. E-books themselves are merely one more format, and I see no harm at all in them, in and of themselves. Rather, my reference to them merely capped my tribute to the overlooked people who make books, and make books matter. At most, I criticize the mistaken impression that some people may be forming with the advent of e-books; there's nothing in my remarks that identifies any harm caused by e-books themselves.
Just read the preceding post, and you'll see what I mean.