Andy Rooney just concluded tonight's 60 Minutes (which featured an amazing segment on polar bears and spy cameras) with a segment of his own on digital books and devices like Kindle. Any guesses as to what he thinks about books that aren't printed on paper? Update: Video is available at Gawker.tv. Watch watch! [Andy Rooney]
I harbor a great respect for Andy Rooney and I will miss him and his two cents when he passes. I agree with him on this one, but only to an extent; I like having a few books on my iPhone reader (the B&N one which I hope will not leave due to Apple's horrendous new app requirements) to read when the news and my twitter feed are exhausted. I still love having real books to read and I will never get rid of my 150+ collection; in fact, it will only grow.
To all of those who decry Rooney in these threads with banter like "he sounds like a douchebag" or he should try carrying 3,500 books...Seriously? First of all, he deserves some respect and if you must insult him, try something other than "douchebag." You'll be doing yourself a favor. Also, who reads all 3,500 books at one time? You take one or two with you. It's still more aesthetically pleasing and practical than an eReader.