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Page 5 of: Electronic Book Readers vs. Paper and Ink (2011), by Thomas Becker   about me  

Paper and Ink Books: Cons

  1. They never stay open. I can hardly think of another activity that causes the kind of constant, never ending annoyance that I get from books always wanting to close themselves. I mean come on, we can walk on the moon, but we cannot come up with a binding technique that lets me read a book with ease and comfort? Ridiculous. I seem to remember that the old printed GNU manuals, like that yellow Emacs Lisp manual, had a special binding that caused them to lay flat like a spiral notebook. Whatever happened to that?
  2. They are heavy. An even remotely nomadic lifestyle is prohibitive to owning more than just a few books. Books will constantly have to be given away, which means one can never read one again, or look something up.
  3. They gather dust. Granted, they're not the only things in my apartment that are covered with dust, but every once in a while, I do clean house, and I always dread the books the most. How do you get that yucky layer of dust off of them?
  4. They are difficult to hide. I would like to exclude issues of censorship, political persecution, and the like from this discussion entirely. These things are too serious to be dealt with in a few sentences; besides, I don't believe that we have enough data to know how the distribution and consumption of books in electronic form affects or is affected by repressive and totalitarian governments. However, there is a kind of attempted censorship that is rather harmless (although I suspect that it carries the seed of the real one), yet extremely annoying. It primarily affects people who tend to be interested in a variety of ways to view the world, and whose book selection will, accordingly, span more than one belief system, or perhaps even contain works that defy assignment to any particular belief system at all. When people come to my place, they will almost inevitably see the books I own, and quite frankly, I am sick and tired of having to listen to “What, you're reading Ayn Rand?” and “Noam Chomsky, you have got to be kidding!” and “Knut Hamsun, you can't be serious!” Screw you, I read whatever I want, and if it's on my Kindle, then you won't even know, and I won't have to waste my precious time arguing with you about it.