I love paper books. I love being able to scan my shelves, peruse the colors and sizes, felt the heft in my hand. Books are perfect for sunbathing, and for baths. E-readers are not. The character of an individual work is reduced strictly to words on a screen, as elemental as they can become before thought. No texture, light reflecting on paper, ruffled edges, slippery dust jacket. And yet the lure of being able to take a library in my purse, of being able to read works not published in traditional formats, or advanced copies of books draws me in. It doesn’t mean I’ve switched, just needed to open up to more options. And really, really got tired of hauling a backpack full of books through airports.
To e-read or not to e-read?