Ok, I admit, I still buy real books and sometimes in hardcover. I can't stop.I've given some away, but most of them sit on my shelf, some read, some not. The ones not yet read, I refer to as "on deck". The thrill of finishing a good, life-changing book never gets old and each unread book still holds that promise for me.
Thanks to Amazon, the book buying experience has changed dramatically. I do shop at Amazon occasionally, but they cannot replicate the experience one has when they go to their local bookstore. That is why a recent story on NPR about the survival of the Independent Book Stores gave me hope.
You see, I can't leave my house and walk around in Amazon. I can't put my ebooks on my nightstand in an exciting, promising stack. At my indy bookstore the combined staff has read every book they sell. The space is tiny and teeming with books. Each one is special because if they weren't they wouldn't be there---the space is too small to include every book. The proprietress is a Francophile so there are tons of books on France: French Cookbooks, the my-summer-in-France-love-story, French History, French travelogue---you name it. It only adds to the sense of escape and specialness of the place.