I feel about hardcover books the way I feel about phone calls. There is a burden associated with receiving a book. Like when you get that phone call and you wonder “Is this an emergency, did someone die? You couldn’t have used an asynchronous form of communication? You really want me NOW?” So when someone gives me a book, I’m grateful, but it’s kind of like giving me a CD. Now I have to convert this.
Plus, I live in an New York apartment. Space is the most valuable thing in my life. Time is money, space is money, too. Plus, I travel all the time. I use a Macbook Air and I’m given a book which does 1/1000th of what that computer does and weighs twice as much and takes up five times as much space.— Baratunde Thurston