The Battle Continues: eBooks or Hardbacks?

{Courtesy of LIS News}

David Carnoy of (CNET) weighs in on the 'titled' topic. He tells Huffington Post readers that plenty of people have come up with lists of reasons why e-books are better than hardcover books, but that he finds the opposite point of view more challenging. So here's his list of why hardcover books are better:
1. Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
2. You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
3. You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
4. E-books don't float in a pool
5. You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window
6. A hardcover doesn't crack when you drop it
7. An e-book has no resale value on Amazon
8. You don't have to recharge a hardcover
9. In a pinch, you can burn a hardcover to keep warm
10. You don't have to feel ripped off after paying $12.99 for something that's just bits and bytes
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Post Note: Our library would like nothing more than to have the ability to continue to achieve balance in collection development. The reality is that budgetary challenges and the structure of our current Delaware County library community determines to some extent what we are capable of doing and what are just pipe dreams. However, the evolution is here and we are ready, willing, and able to jump in as the water is great! Please send your inquiries to Richard Thau, Library Director. thau@haverfordlibrary.org