The title of this YouTube video attracted me as much as those mama cat and talking parakeet videos.
According to the video, three reasons for owning a physical book are:
Can’t be easily edited or erased (I rant about this constantly so I agree)
Pass books down as heirlooms to family and friends (OKish idea)
Decor for shelves (I do have some and I did read them)
I must add three other reasons to own a physical book:
In case of an electrical system meltdown, a book is self-sufficient
A book can’t be beat when you want to refer to other pages (maps, timelines, name guides, family history, footnotes, drawings or photos – I use sticky notes on certain pages to refer back and forth, far easier than electronic searches).
Books are easier on my eyes than screens (unless the font is micro and the pages thin, than not)
Sometimes not owning a physical book is a good idea. Checking a book out from a library is better than ownership for these reasons:
Save money (I already pay taxes for this service so why not?)
My murder mystery books take only a few days to read (cost and clutter, see next point)
My bookshelf space is a limited and valuable piece of real estate (I don’t want to trip through a hallway lined with stacks of books)
Now I’ve got to go, I have to check out a Japanese cat hotel video. YouTube overload.