Congressman: Ebooks Are Cause of High Unemployment

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Everyone wants to find a scapegoat during hard economic times. But to blame something as innocuous as ebooks is just plain silly. That’s exactly what one congressman is saying.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) says, more specifically, that the iPad is to blame. As an example, he cited the recent bankruptcy of Borders Booksellers as an example of how ebooks are ruining the economy:

“Why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes and Noble? Just buy an iPad and download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine,” the Congressman said.

He continues by lamenting about the loss of publishing jobs:

“What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs?” Jackson asked the House. “What becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist.”

With the invention of the automobile, what happened to the wagon makers? A lot of them probably lost their job. But I don’t think anyone would say we should have stuck with horses to keep the horse industry running strong.

We’re seeing progress. The publishing world is in flux. Jobs will be lost and new jobs will be created. Ebooks and iPads, however, are not the reason why the economy is in the tank.

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