Except, ok, I do get it. I have an e-reader (Nook Tablet, if you're curious, which I greatly enjoy). I've only actually used it to read e-galleys for the store, but that experience has been fine. All in all, I prefer holding a physical book and flipping through the pages and having them around the house.
BUT MY CHILDREN. I have two 15 month old babies, and despite my best efforts, they constantly get into my bookshelves and EAT THE BOOKS. EAT THEM. This is unacceptable. So I'm considering downloading the books I own that are in the public domain (i.e., free) onto my Nook and getting rid of the physical copies (or at least boxing them up for now, until the babies don't EAT ZE PAGES). That would greatly reduce the amount of books on the shelves, and therefore the amount of policing I have to do of those shelves ALL THE LIVELONG DAY.
I can't decide to do this or not. I need you to tell me what you think. Here are Points For Consideration:
1. I like having an actual library. I think I'm more likely to re-read a book if it's in my face, and I like the way my house feels with physical books everywhere.
2. I think it's important for kids to grow up around books. But I can always bring the books back out once the boys are more...English speaking?
3. If I box up my classics, all that will be on the shelves are modern books. This is weird for me. This is not representative of my tastes.
4. WHAT IF I LOSE MY NOOK?
5. WHAT IF I DROP MY NOOK IN A PUDDLE OF ACID?
6. WHAT IF THE NOOK IS STOLEN IN THE NIGHT BY A RABID RACCOON?
It's really points 4-6 that concern me most. I'm trying not to fetishize books made of trees, but they're just what I prefer right now. Maybe if I go more digital I'll get used to it? What if I don't get used to it and start reading less?
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION: Take all the bookshelves upstairs into the office and make it into an actual library. But that involves a lot of heavy lifting, and besides I HAVE THIS BLOODY NOOK I SHOULD USE IT. Right? RIGHT?