I read this post from The Guardian this morning, and I couldn’t help sharing it with you all. There will always be a never-ending debate between e-books and real books, and while I still vehemently believe in the printed word, I am beginning to understand the lure e-books have for people. They’re incredibly convenient and are as light as anything — the opposite of many Stephen King novels, as this columnist points out. I appreciate her honesty, and am pleased that the power real books hold over her will remain forever. As a student, I see countless others in my university carting around Kindles, Nooks, etc. because e-books are far less expensive than textbooks and weigh much less, too. But as I’m in my last year, I can’t justify buying an e-reader for school — and I’m also slightly terrified that if I have an e-reader, I’ll be more likely to purchase e-books rather than going into my nearest Chapter’s or second-hand bookstore. Will I never buy an electronic reader? That I can’t say. But I can say this with unwavering hesitation: the smell of a book beats the smell of an electronic device any day.