Letter: Good books and battery acid

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YES, there are lots of things one can agree with in Nick Hornby's column ('Are books always best?', 10 April) but, and I hesitate to open myself to accusations of being a reactionary 36-year-old, surely the point about books is that they are part of the process of teaching us to think? I'm not taking a superior moral position by stating that reading good books, with their narrative structures and questions of how people live together, might possibly do this better than SuperMario.

Correct me if I have missed the moral complexities of the game and do it an injustice. And what will he do when all the batteries in the world run out?

Tony Mulholland

London W11