In an interview with The Guardian, when he was 83, Sendak said:

Ebooks: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

More interesting stuff in the article.

See also this article in The New York Times Arts Beat which has some more good Sendak stuff, including links to an interview with Stephen Colbert.


  1. I haven’t read the linked source material (yet) but I can see him saying this. The things he’s known for are visual in nature. How well can his works translate to current ebook formats?

    How well does an ebook work as a replacement for an art museum?

  2. He made the same error in thinking many people do about ebooks – that it’s one or the other, all or nothing. And yet he did a cartoon (Really Rosie) and also did set design. Multimedia seemingly came naturally to him. Ebooks would be a great adjunct to his canon. Ah well!

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