An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times is leading a backlash against the recent success of a strange eBook called Alice for the iPad. The newspaper claims that, on this evidence, the iPad will ruin books. Alice, a physics-enabled version of Alice in Wonderland was made by two hobbyist coders, using public domain illustrations. It's more like a hallucination than a book, but has stormed to the top of the iPad Book store, outselling Disney, Marvel and Amazon. However the NYT says this goes against the whole point of traditional books , knocking Alice and other interactive titles: "what I really love [about traditional books] is their inertness. No matter how I shake “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” mushrooms don’t tumble out of the upper margin, unlike the “Alice” for the iPad.". The NYT also worries that new eBook titles could distract kids from the tougher task of actually concentrating on literature: "what will become of the readers we’ve been — quiet, thoughtful, patient, abstracted — in a world where interactive can be too tempting to ignore?"