I switched to ebooks and, primarily Kindle a long time ago, About fourteen years I think. Driven by a need to expand my home office, after much thought, I boxed up almost all of my library from, at that time, twenty years of academic work and donated the books to the local library.

I cannot remember the last time i read a physical book other than technical manual or similar documentation. While I still have a hundred or more books in my home library they are almost exclusively sentimental, old fashioned reference books, or gifts. Since I often give Amazon gift cards as presents I don't get books anymore.

The last time I read a physical book it was difficult because I kept tapping on words I wanted to look up and nothing happened. As a writer being able to check a definition or go on to Wikipedia is incredibly important to me. Why would I give that up?

I know all of the talk about loving physical books. libraries, and book stores. I love book stores also to browse and then buy online. Libraries have a purpose as a place for people with no where to go to kill time and that is valuable. I really don't see any need for them other than rare books or graduate libraries with obscure and important historical references.

With some two thousand books in my Kindle library that are always with me I have everything I need. And I give people fixated on the old style paper book recognition as a hobby based on print and covers much like music was once on albums with great album covers. Those are collectables also. I read for the content and not the package.

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