Forced, because he inadvertently forgot his Kindle at home while traveling, to read an actual physical book on an airplane, Rick Gekoski seems to have suffered some sort of mental collapse. Just listen to him describe the horrors he was forced to endure:
Surely there is a place to report this kind of physical abuse at the hands of sadistic publishers that still insist upon printing books. If not, there damn well should be.
Mr. Gekoski admits to still buying some hardcover books, both those he wants to annotate and use for future reference and those he knows will be one-time reads. But he sees the day when even those dwindling purchases are likely to disappear forever - and remember this man is a book dealer! Let's hope he is the exception, and not the rule.
I own an e-book reader (Sony) and have for years. I have every e-reader app known to man downloaded on both my iPad and iPad mini. Some of the apps are even on my smart phone. But I only read e-books when traveling or when a publisher insists on sending review copies out only in that format. And, more importantly, I find the electronic reading experience to be hugely inferior to that of reading from a physical book. I retain less, my mind wanders more, and I have to re-read whole paragraphs at a time after realizing that I haven't yet absorbed a single word on the page.
No offense intended to Mr. Gekoski, but I am hoping that this is more of a tongue-in-cheek piece than it appears to be on my first reading. If not, I have to say that the joke is on him because it does make him look rather silly.