Thanks to a RT by @amy751, I read an article this morning about Amazon.com and the fact that more customers are now purchasing e-books than hardcovers. I am not sure how I feel about this. I love books. The weight of them, the smell of the paper, the way you can just almost feel the typeface on the page.
One thing I can say for sure is that I'm surprised. Not that I thought that the average Amazon customer would have the same sentiments toward printed matter as me. It's just that in my limited experience with e-readers, I've gotten to thinking that they...well, I think they kinda suck. Cheap, plastic cases, tiny screens and clumsy navigation buttons.
I should mention that I'm comparing them to the iPad. If Amazon is selling all these e-books to iPad users, I'm not really surprised at all. Reading on an iPad is so much more like reading an actual book. You turn the pages as if they were paper. The size of the reading area is truer to your average hardcover.
The only real problem with the iPad for me is the fact that I live in Canada. Between 1) the exorbitant cost of a) the iPad itself and b) iBooks (selling an eBook for 9.99 when I can get the same title in hardcover for 4.99 in the bargain aisles at Chapters is lame), and 2) the sad selection of books available for the iPad in Canada, it's hardly even worth thinking of it as an e-reader at this point.
Even so, I still can't see myself reading from a Kindle or a Kobo or a whatever. Meanwhile, my iPad is a permanent fixture in my gear when I leave the house for the day. Anyway, just some things to think about for the moment. I'd be interested to hear what anyone else thinks.