I got an ereader a few months ago, after several months of swinging back and forth on the issue. I love the experience of reading. I love curling up in my reading spot, holding the weight of a book in my hands, and turning the pages. I thought an ereader would somehow diminish the experience.
I will admit, reading the first ebook I purchased was an odd experience. I curled up in my reading spot and tried to get comfortable holding the Nook instead of a book. It took a bit and once I did, sliding my finger across the screen instead of turning the pages was odd. (I have a Nook Simple Touch) But by the time I started on the second ebook, I was hooked.
And now I'm going to touch upon a very contentious issue: pricing. I see people griping all the time about it and I find it puzzling. Yes, when you buy a physical book, you get the paper and the cover, but what you're really paying for is the story within, right?
Yes, the ebook lives inside the Nook and not on the shelf, but the story itself? That lives in my head. Whether I read the paper book or the ebook, I am reading the same words, the same story, created by the author. I can reread them time and again, just as I can with a paper book.
So what's more important? The paper and the cover or the story?
The story is what I'm purchasing, no matter the format. I am purchasing someone's long hours at the keyboard or the typewriter or with a pen and paper. I'm purchasing their dreams and nightmares turned into syllables and sentences. I'm purchasing concepts and ideas created from the word machine in the author's head.
That's the true weight, the true gift, of a book and, in my opinion, it's priceless.