E-books, at first glance, are a perfect for the C-H clan-- no clutter, green, and high tech. Thus, it might surprise you that we have piles of books in every room of the house.
Perhaps I am a dinosaur, but I can't seem to love e-books. I like reading magazines on my ipad. And e-books are handy on long flights when you need a big pile of books (and don't want to carry them). E-books fit the bill for reading books you know you are the intellectual equivalent of bubble gum and other guilty pleasures (ie, you will only read them once, and you don't really want to admit you own them to begin with).
E-books are also expensive, which is counter intuitive-- after all, there is no corporeal book. I find lots of great paper books at yard sales for a dollar each. I was looking for a copy of Travels with Charley to re-read for our trip as my old copy disappeared over a number of transcontinental moves. The ipad version was $9.99, which seemed like a lot of money for something that would reside electronically on my ipad. It is quite likely that in 10 years, that copy's format would become obsolete and the "book" itself would disappear. In contrast, a paper book lasts for decades and gives me a semblance of permanence in a world of ephemera.
|Our bedroom book clutter|
Our copy of Steinbeck's trip across America seemed like it deserved a bit of shelf space. So what did I do? I found a $3 used copy on Amazon. Maybe Bunny will read it someday.