An avid advocate of literacy and reading, Ray Bradbury loved book stores as much as he loved libraries. He once told me that he could rarely pass a book store without stopping in and buying something. And that when he came home with a new purchase, his wife Maggie would say, "Did you really need that book?", to which Ray would reply, "Yes, I really needed this book!"
I myself have tried reading e-books, but found that I simply did not enjoy that nearly as much as browsing in a book store, and reading a purchased paper book that I am holding in my hands. I thought today's PEARLS BEFORE SWINE comic strip captured that feeling perfectly:
Richard is right—there's simply no magic in finding an ebook.
On the other hand, I have vivid memories of the occasions when I found some of my favorite books—what store they were in, even where exactly they were on the shelves.
Make no mistake, I do read ebooks. They are sometimes more convenient because it will take too long to order the physical book, or the physical book is too unwieldy, or where you don't really want the whole book, but just want to read a certain chapter or section.
But nothing beats an actual paper book.
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Re-reading some of the comic strips in the above postings reminded me of an actual occurrence on a plane several years ago. I was sitting in my seat awaiting take-off, reading a hard-cover book. A stewardess came down the aisle, and told a passenger sitting directly opposite me, on the other side of the aisle, that she needed to turn her e-reader off until after take-off. That passenger then pointed to me, and told the stewardess, in all seriousness, "Well, make him put away his book, too!"