Re: Use the fines to prop up physical book publishers/sellers
Try a kindle. It's a revalation.
I love books. LOVE reading. Significant portion of every day spent doing so.
To say i'm 30, work in tech and have a love for gadgets I came very late to e-readers.
I fought the concept, love owning books, the feel, the smell everything.
Got a kindle paperwhite about 3 months ago and won't look back. It's brilliant. We must have somewhere in the order of 1000 books scattered around the place. More real estate given over in our bedroom to books than clothing.
Please explain to me how the IDENTICALLY COPIED AND PRESENTED text and images of all my favourite novels suddenly become tripe because i'm viewing them on the (absolutely PERFECT and totally fit-for-purpose) display of my kindle?
Even the "font" is the same. As is the layout,the pictures, diagrams and, most importantly, the content.
I still get lost in middle-earth, drawn in to the lives of Rand Al Thor and friends, absorbed totally in the universe of Shannara.
I still own all my paper books. Have I touched one since owning a kindle? Yes - To look something up in one of the many reference/text books we have for one of our hobbies (we keep exotic mammals/reptiles)
I'll continue to buy paper books, but at a much reduced rate. Any book that's destined to be taken about and read - kindle. I have thousands of books on my laptop, they could just as easily be on a 32gb pen drive and in my bag with me at all times.
More specialist things (ie the reference/text books) will probably always be in dead tree format only or first. (Beleive it or not the market for "Captive care of African Crested Porcupines" isn't huge!)
I could go on, the battery lasts for weeks and months without a charge even after heavy use, it's easier to hold on the bog and in the bath than any of the 1000 page chunk-of-wood that I was previously having to hold in the bath. It's easier to hold than the thinnest paperback. Comfortable, light, grippy surface. It's PERFECT for the one thing it was designed to do - display test.
I can only surmise that you commute to work on horseback, refuse to buy anything not hand made and have similarly spurned every advance made by mankind since the creation of widespread rail networks doomed the stagecoach industry, and that your daily excretions are carried away by a whippersnapper in rags every morning in a bucket to be sold to tanners.
You also do realize that the same publisher(s) responsible for the dead tree books also publish the ebooks? I'm pretty sure if they saw it as the death of their industry this wouldn't be happening.
Try a kindle,I promise you won't be excommunicated or tried as a witch.