of books v e-readers

Much has been written and said about physical books and e-books. Here is my take on them.
  1. Portability
    With e-readers, you have your whole library (in my case, library would mean books, audio books, magazines, and comic books) with you all the time wherever you go so you get to dive in "whenever and wherever into whatever".
  2. The Joy and Peace of "Book Keeping"
    By "book keeping", I refer to the practice (art) of organizing your collection however way you want at the moment (by color, by genre, alphabetically by title or by author; for comic books: by hero, chronologically, by event). It also means the practice (art) of covering them with transparent plastic (nothing less than gauge 4, please). This is something you would not get to do with e-books. Tedious, yes, but there is a calm and peace I get in doing them.
  3. Bedtime / Nighttime Reading
    With e-readers, you won't need to worry about accidentally creasing a page or (gasp!) a cover because you slept on it. You also won't need to buy a reading lamp. Either way, though, both books and e-readers guarantee reduce sleeping time and, in cases where you fall asleep, a hard object falling on your face.
  4. Signed by the Author
    Some of the things I consider my "treasure" are the graphic novels I was able to have Neil Gaiman sign, complete with the memory of hours of falling in line (yes, he is a rock star in Manila). This is something not (yet?) possible with e-books. Although I plan to have my favorite writers and artists sign and doodle at the back of my e-reader in case I encounter them, it still is not the same thing.
  5. Instant Gratification
    In a place where going to the bookstore also means "hours spent in traffic", e-bookstores provide that "at-the-end-of-your-fingertip" convenience of adding to my TBR pile. It does, however, take away the glee of being inside an actual bookstore.