A physical book. The feel of it in my hand. The way the text appears on the paper. I can’t stand it.
Recently, I started reading the book “Design is Storytelling” for work. The content of the book is good, but the physical format of the book really limits my enjoyment of it. It is full of tiny text. I can’t easily highlight key bits and go through them later. I only bought it as a physical book because no Kindle version is available. If I had it on my Kindle (or iPad, since it is full of color illustrations), I’m sure I would have finished reading it a few days after getting it. Instead, I have to remind/force myself to read it for a few minutes every day.
When I got my first Kindle five or so years ago, my love of reading was reawakened. The ability to easily take multiple books anywhere, in a small form factor, opens up more opportunities to get a little reading in. Even if I forget to bring my Kindle, I can use the Kindle app on my iPhone to pick up right where I left off. And holding a Kindle in one hand (or even my iPad in two hands), or resting it on my knee, is much more comfortable than holding any physical book.
My eyesight is no longer what it once was. Being able to adjust the typeface, font size, and lighting of my Kindle is so much more accommodating than a physical book. When I have to read a physical book, it feels like I’m taking a huge step backwards.