I think it's because they don't have the book smell. I'm the biggest technophile, and yet I will always choose an actual solid book over an ebook. It feels more real.
I'm still plugging away reading my electronic copy of Anna Karenina on my Palm. It's not unenjoyable. It's special in its way but it's the last thing I choose to read - only when I'm stuck at, say, a tram stop with nothing else to read. Then it is very handy. There's something odd about not being able to see the whole thing. The bit of text I'm reading is disembodied. And the screen is so small I'm just seeing such a little chunk.
I recently bought a tiny little eee (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee) pc, and I thought it might be fu to try and read books on it. It's not. Somehow I just can't believe elves and fairies can live in a computer, but they can in a book. It is fun saying eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee pc, though ...
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