Books are dead.
To paraphrase our newly-minted Prime Minister, "It's 2015!" Why, given that it's 2015, would anyone choose to read a book?
I don't mean the content of books; that's timeless, and storytelling is clearly an essential part of our humanity. No; I mean actual, physical books. I'll put it bluntly: there is no reason for physical books to exist anymore.
I mean, maybe if you're some kind of hipster, you might want to carry around your battered old copy of 'On The Road' or somesuch. But other than for showing how cool you are, why would you do your reading from a book?
My iPad holds 1000 books; that's 1000 times more books than your book holds. My iPad also has much sharper text, and the white background is much whiter than your paper. The pages never rip, and, unlike your book which got uterlly ruined when you spilled your twenty-three-dollar, oh-so-crisp, artisinal Manhattan (in a martini glass, natch), my iPad has modern weatherproofing that repels any incidental spillage from my Foam Dome.
But the best part of my iPad is that I can literally take all my books with me. Bam! I never have to make a choice. Ever. I could start reading 'Eat, Pray, Love' on my flight to Orlando, and then switch right over to 'Twilight' if I get tired of whatever Julia Roberts is doing.
You? You've got to make a choice upfront, and you're stuck with it. Unless you're willing to pack a huge bag, you're stuck with Hemingway the whole way to SFO.
So why choose? Why limit yourself? It's not as if there is some kind of intrinsic enjoyment of holding fine paper, or in sharing a visceral experience in which people throughout history have partaken, or in reading from the same copy of 'The Sun Also Rises' as your dad, and his dad before him. And who can stand the smell of old books? My iPad doesn't smell. Much.
Seriously. Books are dead. What are you going to do when all the bookstores close? Those bookshelves you bought will be worthless, and you'll be buried under a mountain of worthless paper. Actually, can you even still buy books???
Yes, sir. It's time for you to invest in the future. Get yourself an iPad (even a Kindle will do, in a pinch) and move into the 21st century.