I just listened to a great conversation on The Monocle Weekly Podcast surrounding the increasing popularity of electronic readers. After a shaky start they are steadily increasing in popularity and every user I have spoken to swears that they are easy to use and very practical.
As a reader of multiple books at once (fiction and non) and someone who enjoys travelling lightly I am starting to see the attraction of being able to have a lot of material in a device which is easy to commute and travel with. The interactivity aspects – being able to mark up quotes etc – is another benefit.
The only downside is I like books. I like to browse books, surround myself with books , have them on the shelf, in piles, lend them (to careful users) and of course stand in 3 feet of warm sea water and read whilst cooling off so I just know that means I would be downloading electronic copies AND still buying the hard back.
I know I am not alone in this potential behaviour, my good friend J would follow the same pattern.