Which Do You Spend More Money On: Ebooks or Lattes?


In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay called “Books vs. Cigarettes,” trying to figure out which habit cost him more and whether books were simply out of some people’s financial reach.

For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kaya Genç updates the calculations in an essay titled “Ebooks vs. Lattes” (he already quit smoking several years ago).

Which costs Genç more? Read the whole thing to find out.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →