I don’t know if you saw it, but Amazon is now selling more e-books than actual, physical books. I have a Kindle, and I love it for its convenience, portability, and overall cool factor, but I don’t think I would ever choose it over a real book. I mean, there is just something special about curling up on the couch, feeling the weight of the book and the fragility of the paper, the smell of a real book, and the excitement in seeing how far along you really are. All of that is lost with an e-Reader. No matter how fancy a cover you put on it, it’s not a real book.
It’s also a bit scary to think of as well. I mean, if sales of e-books are surpassing sales of real books already, how long will it actually be until everything is digital, from magazines to biographies, newspapers to comic books? Sure, every magazine I buy has the 2-page spread about how physical magazines are more appealing to readers than digital ones, but isn’t it inevitable? Will everything we read be digital sooner than we think?
And what about bookstores? Wow. I mean for me, going to a bookstore and just browsing around the shelves is a bit like heaven for me. Shelves upon shelves of books, all available to read, share, discuss, and pass on to your friends. What will become of bookstores, other than places where a Starbucks is conveniently located??
So, while I love my Kindle and will continue to use it, I will also continue to buy real books. Because there is nothing like the sight of a bookshelf in your living room, filled with books. And that is something no e-Reader can do.