Originally Posted by nicelynice
Also, eBooks are adding more social aspects to reading that are way cooler than a couple discolored pages and highlighted words from some undergrad somewhere. I'm sure it annoys some people, but the option to see what passages other readers have highlighted in eBooks is definitely one reason I enjoy reading on my Kindle. I'm sure further advances to e-reader technology is going keep changing the ways we enjoy books in a positive direction.
Seeing other people's highlighted passages is the most incredibly horrific thing to happen to book-reading since ever. I have absolutely no desire to see which exact lines of mindless drivel the hordes of unwashed masses have decided are somehow relevant to their pathetic lives. Someone tell me how to turn that shit off.
I am a book (object) person, but having texts available for free, instantly, with the ability to search and highlight is invaluable. And, while I am a book (object) person, I am not a clutter person, and I am definitely at a point in my life where I am very thankful for opportunities to not-accumulate. When I have the luxury of time and space, I absolutely prefer books, but when I am reading 4 novels on a travel day, or need to lug articles and notepads and everything else I own around, or simply don't want to carry things, the iPad is pretty tough to argue with.