I’m really feeling these book posts even though I’m guilty of 1. reblogging a lot of book spams on this site and 2. buying a lot of books (but like you, i buy new releases because I have fines in all my libraries). I think the whole ebooks aren’t tangible things you can touch!!1one! debate is partly to do with a feeling of distress that the corporeal respect you might get from displaying your knowledge gets wiped out. A folder of files on your ereader just doesn’t satisfy that same fetish
totally! I have also seen a lot of people complaining that you can’t judge what other people are reading if they’re using an e-reader. mostly dudes complaining that they will never know if that wispy indie chick on the train is reading Murakami and might never meet their ~true love~
but there was also this big brouhaha in the mX (free commuter newspaper) the other day about how any middle-aged woman you see with an e-reader could be reading 50 shades of grey and you wouldn’t even know
the whole thing is so interesting because it’s reminiscent of the early modern panic around women reading novels, you know the one — because they’re private, unlike oral culture, so they could be reading any old thing.