The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has released a position statement this week.
NCTE position statement, April 12, 2022

The time has come to decenter book reading and essay writing as the pinnacles of English language arts education.
The position statement empasizes social media as a replacement for books and essay writing. Even while decentering books, NCTE appears to acknowledge the value of transparency in tracing the source of a book:
Whereas traditional textbook content could often be traced through clearly visible publishers, editors, and advisory boards, digital content often appears before teachers without comparable transparency.

Old posts related to the value of books:
- advantages of books in teaching history http://giftedissues.davidsongifted....8/Re_Big_History_Project.html#Post200218
- advantages of hardcopy books http://giftedissues.davidsongifted....ice_for_college_students.html#Post243753

This book may also be of interest:
- Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (1953)