I was having this discussion with a friend of mine who is strictly physical books. I was trying to point out the advantages of Kindles and other readers to her, but she didn't agree. Personally, I love both, but there are a lot of advantages to E-books. Physical books: Pros- That smell! I think everyone loves the smell of books. Much easier to lend to friends. You can see the cover whenever you close it to put it away. You get to have book shelves and look nerdy for all of your friends! Whatever book you want to read is available somewhere. You can drop a book in the tub and still be able to read it once it's dry. You can kill bugs with them without much damage Cons- It's easy to tear pages. Hard covers are heavy. Paper back covers can rip easily, especially if you're moving it around. Bookmarking can be a pain. Smudge ink. People can easily destroy lines and write in them. E-books Pros- You can carry over a thousand books with you and it doesn't even weigh a pound. There are lots of ways to get free E-books. (I'm talking about legally! Bookbub, Pixels of Ink....sites like that.) You can read whatever you want without feeling judged. You can mark your page with the tap of a finger. Built in dictionary. Easier to search for sections you want to reread without permanently marking the page up. Adjustable font and margins. Cons- Charging! Reading in the tub is awkward, and if you drop your reader, you're screwed. Much harder to share books with other people. Harder to read outside. Not every book is available as an E-book. You drop a reader, you might be out of luck. For me, e-books are my thing. I used to have tons of physical books, but my kids would scribble in them when they were smaller, and I ended up switching over to e-books. I still have most of my books though, and a few of them have gone unscathed from my children's toddler years. But to be honest, I prefer my e-books. I can take my Kindle anywhere I go, and I don't have to take up too much room in my purse, plus I never run out of things to read because I'm always scooping up on new books that pop up as free.