Antonio Rotari (1707-1762) "Ragazza con un libro"
A few years ago, it was treated as self-evident by certain folks that "print," which after all had been around for only 500 years, had no automatic claim on our attention, and that the book would soon be superseded by electronic media. The speakers--usually people who rarely read books--often spoke as if they couldn't wait for this to happen. People who do read books tried not to pay attention, while wondering if they were indeed the unadaptable dinosaur-types they were held to be. ("NB." Times Literary Supplement, 2000-02-11, p. 16)