Arguments for the latter stress what technology has done to improve upon the traditional page turner. For ageing eyes, the ability to enlarge print is invaluable. For travelling, the fact that several books can come along on one device is a bonus when packing. Also, making book purchases and having them uploaded immediately to your tablet is handy should you ever (heaven forbid) run out of reading material.
I, however, am still a fan of the written word on a physical product. I like the feel of a book in my hands, the ritual of turning pages. There's really not many pastimes I enjoy more than curling up in a comfy chair to read — a book. A real, honest-to-goodness book. I have a tablet and it's just not the same. For me.
Next week I am heading away for a lovely week at the beach. I have, after weighing the pros and cons decided that while there is only one reason not to pack my tablet, it's the best one. I want to settle on the deck with a real book in my hand. That's it.
So rather than the convenience of a single source of reading material my bags will be laden with hardcovers and paperbacks.
And for all of you who, as I do, cherish the smell, feel and joy of a book, here are some clipart collections you're sure to love: