A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
I don’t think one can accurately measure the historical effectiveness of a poem; but one does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history. Every mass is after all made up of millions of individuals.
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude illness affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart.
Don’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read.