I'm sure this is a bit of a tired argument by now, comparing the merits of digital and traditional print, but I'm curious about how other HOLers prefer to read - ebooks or paper books? Or are there some cases where you prefer one over the other, but things are switched in a different situation? Why?
I'm still really fond of traditional books for casual/personal/whatever reading, though I can't really put my finger on why entirely. At least a small part is just in the book having weight to it. If I'm holding the thing in my hand, I know how long it is, how dense, and for personal books, I can clearly see my "marks" on it; that is, it's clear from creases in bindings or dog ears or tabs where I've added notes which books are my favorites, whereas with an ebook, sure I can make annotations, but it's not the same. I can't look at an ebook the same way I see a physical book, seeing the history of the book with a glance.
On the other hand, it's impossible to ignore how convenient ebooks are. It's probably easier to purchase ebooks (though I still would much rather go to a bookstore and browse) and they're definitely a lot more portable. I was sort of forced into using ebooks for textbooks this semester, and while I wasn't keen on the idea at first (and I do miss the actual sticky notes/tabs and stuff I usually add to my textbooks), I'm really starting to appreciate the convenience of being able to pull up my biochem text on my laptop, tablet, etc. whenever I need it, without having to always lug that textbook around just in case I need it.
So, in short, I'm torn - but overall, I think the two types are fairly complementary, and making use of both sort of gives the best of both worlds?