I am pro-(literal-hold-in-your-hand-paper-and-ink-pick-up-off-the-shelf)books
I get that e-readers are cool. I understand that they're handy, and that they might be good for some things like the way that a lot of agents use them now to go over manuscripts, and I'm sure they work well for many other reasons. I understand that they save space and a little bit of money and it's kinda schnazzy to have a bunch of books practically in your pocket.
But, as much as you can say that, when it comes down to it, it's really just the content that you're looking for, I just can't buy in. To me that's like saying that if they found a way to manufacture porridge so that it filled you up and tasted EXACTLY like pizza or ice cream or whatever your favorites are, that you would be fine eating it for the rest of your life. After all, it fills you up AND you get all the flavors you crave, and maybe they'll even make the textures seem the same on your tongue. Same experience, just cheaper and easier, right?
But what is pizza without holding it and folding it and slurping off cheese, and what is ice cream if you can't put it on a cone and let it drip down your hand as you eat it on a hot day? I have memories of going to the bookstore and buying certain books, memories of sitting with them and scanning their pages and cover art before reading: and every book has a different feel to me. I'm sure you all have these memories too. Memories and emotions are stored in the pages, and when I look at my books on my bookshelf, I get a certain comfort knowing that they're there and that they were x to me when I needed x. You can't get that with an e-book.
<3 Gina Blechman