Pulitzer prize-winning author Richard Ford believes printed books are a luxury we soon won't be able to afford.
Ford's latest book, Canada, has stormed to the top of best-seller lists around the world and says he personally will never read a book on a computer tablet.
But the prospect of losing printed books is of no concern to the author, currently Australia on a spoken word tour.
"To me the fact that the printed book is becoming a kind of economic luxury we can soon not afford, just reduces it and all of its duties to being a delivery system," he told AAP.
"If books can be delivered less expensively on other modes of communication then I'm OK with it."
However reading a book on a computer tablet holds no appeal to him.
"No. I'm not ever going to do it," he said.
"But other people are doing it, I can tell you that - it's a juggernaut you might as well get out of the way of."
Ford sees the development of eBooks as simply progress.
"I don't know that it was ever necessary, but a lot of things that weren't necessary when they started become essentials before very long, it's a market-driven economy."
He is comfortable with the explosion in technology, but believes there is nothing he can do about it.
"Especially someone like me, in a remote corner of America writing books with a pen on a blank sheet of paper, it's all I can do to successfully use my telephone so I don't feel empowered," he chuckles.
* Richard Ford will appear at Dymocks, Garden City, in Perth on Tuesday night, at a University of Western Australia lunch on Wednesday and at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on Thursday.