Today I received in the post a book that I had tracked down via a second-hand bookshop in Queensland which advertises "gently used books". http://www.carlasbigbookshed.com.au
It felt like opening an early Christmas present! The book pages are yellow with age and it has the additional surprise of being signed by the author. I love the feel of it. I love the smell of it. I love the fact that I will be able to nod off to sleep at night with my face buried in it.
My e-book reader allows me to take a portable library wherever I go but give me a used book where I can meet the ghosts of other readers.