Johannes Trithemius, a 15th-century lexicographer, steganographer, cryptographer, and author of “In Praise of Scribes,” was the big-time advocate for manuscripts, literally calling the printing press plain “lazy.” And today, I can only guess what Trithemius would feel about e-books. Amazon’s marketing argues that there is little difference between Kindle and the physical book. Instead of trying to emulate the act of reading, the new-edition Kindles hope to enhance it, forging a new virtual reality for readers. “Lighter than a paperback,” the product tour boasts. “It’s like having a library in your pocket! Now with touch!” New feature Word Wise has further displaced dictionaries and expedited the process of learning to read. There goes that.