I like that an e-reader saves so much space. Apart from that factor, I prefer books. They feel more permanent, and I spend so much time looking at screens that I like to take any opportunity not to look at a screen. Also I find it’s easier to look through and find things in a book. Unless the e-book version is significantly cheaper or unless I feel I don’t have much space in my home at the moment, I’ll generally buy the book version.
Also I like getting authors to sign my books. I especially cherish the ones from authors who are now dead, especially the authors who’ve written me personalized and funny messages.
Books! I interact with my hard-copy texts. I like being able to annotate in them and record notes for future reference. I have an enormous library filled with hundreds and hundreds of books, and would not part with a single one.
IMO, a paper book should come with a free ebook download. The cost of that is negligible, and you could choose the best way to read for you. Maybe read the paper book at home, but read the ebook while commuting or traveling.
I think ebooks just don't have the same feel and I don't know.. experience as a real book. Yes they are more convenient, don't require as much space and easier to get etc, but I think the inconvenience is kind of part of the fun of reading a book if I'm making any sense at all. I like the feeling of the book and it's paper.
I like being able to physically hold a book in my hands. I like turning the pages and seeing literal progress as to how far I am into the book. I also have a tendency to almost 'massage' the forthcoming pages as I read lol. It's some comforting thing I do.
Even still, I have read a couple e-books and I didn't mind it. I have a Nexus 7 and the resolution is fantastic so it's great on the eyes. That's why I love to read new/newspaper apps on the tablet cause it's so convenient. But with long books again I prefer a physical book just because it feels right haha.
I don't know. I like both. Like you said, it's easier to find something if you actually have a copy. I don't know if my version of the Kindle has proper page numbers either, so it's nice to actually have the book if I have to quote it for a paper or something.
I like e-readers because I'm not limited to one or two books while I'm out somewhere and not limited to what's on my shelf when I'm at home. I can read whatever I'm in the mood for.
I agree with MrOracle. When you buy a book, they should include a digital copy. That would be nice.