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I have the same dream of owning a large physical library and for me, it’s not really about paranoia or anything like that. I love my digital goods and honestly, I generally prefer them. I have a Kindle and it’s not that much different from reading a book, text-wise.
But there’s just something magical about having a book in your hands, or browsing a bookcase, or just stepping back and appreciating the aesthetic of it all. I am a huge fan of cover art as well and although my tablet’s screen looks nifty, it’s just better to see the cover in person.
As /u/Madock345 put it, all of that adds up to give the books that “old friend” feeling.
Here’s another thing.. Re-reading a book on my Kindle doesn’t bring back the memories that re-reading a physical book does. I get this kind of thing with music. Most of my songs are associated with a particular memory and when I listen to that song again, it puts me back into that moment. So for example, some songs remind me of an ex, others of my childhood, etc. and listening to them again brings back those memories, the way I felt at the time, the smells, the emotions..
That doesn’t happen with a Kindle, at least for me. But it does with a physical book. Grapes of Wrath, Nightfall, Planet of Adventure, etc. They’re all associated with particular memories of mine.
My playlists are usually arranged in moods (thoughtful, happy, angry, etc.) because most of my songs are tied to particular memories and emotions. And my physical books are arranged in a similar fashion.