What do mean by “matter?” Photo books are photo books. They contain facsimiles —often quite beautiful —of photographs. But they’re books. As I’ve said, if you want to see the Mona Lisa you have to go to the Louvre. If you’ve only seen reproductions of art in a book, magazine, or on a screen, you’re only looking at a reproduction; not the real deal.
No one, Ed, least of all me, is trying to deny your bona fides as a photographer or what you produce as photography. I am trying to help people stop making the false assumption that the use of photographic TECHNOLOGY to create images posted on social media is tantamount to conventional photography, a medium that has its own unique uses, separate from social media.
You might want to read this, also on Medium; although a bit of it repeats what I’ve already said: