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I'm seeing a lot of stuff on various agent blogs about the future of publishing moving in the direction of the Kindle, ebooks, downloads, all that jazz.

The thought disturbs me.

I have no problem reading things online.  However, the computer or a Kindle are not, IMO, substitutes for being able to curl up with a book.  I want to be able to take my book to the beach and not worry about the sand damaging it.  I want to just curl up on the couch without having to balance a laptop on my legs or scroll through microns of pages.  I like curling up with a book.  Who curls up with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket, and an electronic device?

Certainly, ebooks are convenient and I wouldn't object to getting a Kindle.  But I like my books.  I like my hardbacks, paperbacks... I like having them on my shelves and looking at them and deciding what I want to read.  I work on a computer.  I write on a computer.  I don't want to eventually be forced to read on a computer because my favorite author's new book is electronic only.