I own books and love to hold, smell, and read from them. I make use of all the libraries, public and academic, that are available to me.
In this age of technology, the experience of a book has changed. We now have electronic books. I have a Kindle and enjoy the access and quite frankly, the ability to have many, many books in one easy to use format. However, the Kindle is not the same as the physical. Searching Amazon for new books is not the same experience as going into a bookstore or library. Selecting a book to read on the Kindle is not the same experience as going to my personal library or the public library where the choices are significantly greater.
The two modes of experiencing a book show that there is a trade-off. Craig Mod offers a critical appraisal of both the paper book and the Kindle. He lists the trade-offs between the two platforms. Good article to read: http://aeon.co/magazine/technology/why-have-digital-books-stopped-evolving/
I especially like this quote:
"The pile of unread books we have on our bedside tables is often referred to as a graveyard of good intentions. The list of unread books on our Kindles is more of a black hole of fleeting intentions."
Yep. I have my pile by the bedside. Well, actually, it's three shelves. And, yes, I have lots and lots of unread books on my Kindle. I just can't see them all the time. Thank goodness, Kindle/Amazon kindly reminds me that I have already purchased this when I try to do a repeat.