The list continues. You can underline passages in a book. For the haters out there, don’t give me any crap about “oh well on the Nook book and Kindle you can underline passages and even highlight them too.” Well isn’t that nice? But it is not the same. I will admit, you electronic lovers, that it is nice to be able to click on what you underlined and go immediately there, instead of flipping through your book, not finding the specific passage, so then you resort to turning page after page to find it — cursing that you didn’t dog-ear the dang page. Electronic lovers, you have not won the battle yet. For it is actually a good thing to turn over all those pages because while you monotonously turn each page you can stumble upon other passages that you love.
An even lamer feature on e-readers is that they often have access to the internet. Well you know what? The internet is addicting. When is the last time you logged onto your computer and didn’t check Facebook or your email first? Never. I’m trying to read a dang book. Why would I want stupid things like technology distracting me? Exactly, I wouldn’t!
Real books are not fragile. Why is that relevant, you may ask? Well first of all, I am a passionate reader. I actually delve into the characters I read and immerse myself into their story. So if something happens to them, or the story takes a turn that infuriates me, for instance, last two chapters of Mockingjay — come on now, Suzanne Collins, did you die and have someone else finish your story? — then I can throw my book down in a fit of rage. Nook book would shatter into a million pieces and then start sparking and making weird noises and eventually probably burst into flames. Not cool, Nook book, not cool.
Here’s another scenario: Let’s say I own a Kindle. So I just read this amazing book, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is imperative that I give it to all my friends to read. Oh wait, I can only share the book with one friend, and oh, guess what, you have 14 days to read it, or poof — sucks for you, the book is gone.