Notes for people who see me with Erasmus (that is, my Kindle).
Sure, you can touch it. But no, you can’t touch it, because you will
No, it doesn’t have a fancy page turning animation. This is largely because, although I don’t know the specifications, the e-ink screen focuses on providing a surface which is easy to read as a regular book, i.e. no glare, can be read for extended periods without what doctor’s call HES (Hurty Eye Syndrome).
Nice things about physical books: the smell, the feel of the book in your hands, turning the page, never running out of batteries, etc.
Nice things about e-books: being able to carry hundreds or thousands of books which would weigh hundreds of kilograms; being able to get thousands of copyright-free books at no cost whatsoever, completely legally.
Amazing things about all books: reading the words, ideas, feelings and thoughts of someone who, even though I may never meet them, can make me think, feel and see the world in ways I never thought possible. At the very least, they can entertain me and pass the time.
Basically, I didn’t get an e-reader to have a snob tell me how it’s just not the same with an air of superiority as if I am incapable of reading physical books, as if people who read e-books and people who read physical books are not only mutually exclusive, but mutually hostile.
I don’t think it’s possible for me to think about e-readers without paraphrasing John Green: It doesn’t matter how you read, but that you read.