A well-meaning former High School teacher posted a webcomic in which a Kindle 'threatens' to burn a book and explains how much better the Kindle is than mere paper. The book then 'taps' the Kindle's off switch, thus 'proving' that paper is better.
I see this sort of thing a lot: people unwilling to give up the delightful 'smell' of their paper books acting as though eBooks wish to pull a Fahrenheit 451 on their beloved hard-and-soft covers. I don't understand this mindset at all. One of the follow up comments pointed out how 'I prefer paper because you can actually lend your books to friends.'
This is the response (probably inappropriately heated) I posted:
I have books and Kindle books and I find the animosity of people who refuse to entertain the notion of electronic books towards the new technology off-putting. Nobody is trying to burn down books. The idea that electronic books are trying to destroy traditional books is inaccurate. You can loan Kindle books, by the way.
I love my shelves and shelves and shelves of books too. I also love carrying around that many books on my phone, able to read at a moment's notice if I am stuck in an unexpectedly long line, or wherever I happen to be. I like knowing that the authors are getting a larger percentage of the money than if I bought a nice-smelling paper book, and I like knowing that I can choose to buy a book in whatever format best suits my needs as a reader.
I usually buy new favorites in both paper and Kindle format.
I have done most of my reading on electronic formats in the last few years, though, and as someone who read over 200 books last year and already 43 since Jan first, (not counting the five giant books I have re-read in that time) I can easily say that I enjoy the act of actual reading in whatever form I can get it.
Finally, the 'sacredness' of text being on paper ignores the fact that 9 times out of 10, a book to be released since the 80s was 'on a screen' when the author composed it.
I also never see readers of eBooks posting inflammatory and misguided diatribes against paper books. Which is fine. I wish 'enthusiasts' of paper books would extend the same courtesy to their more open-minded reading brethren.