Was just talking about this last night — that reading is not just consuming a story but is also about experiencing the weight, format, layout, texture, and, just, physicality of a book. You associate physical distance read in a book with how far you have come in a story and what sort of pace you have to go at. A huge book requires a steady pace, and a percentage-complete number at the bottom of my kindle screen doesn’t seem to replace that sense of making a journey through a story in the same way. The weight of the pages shifting from right hand to left as you get nearer the end is lost on a kindle too.
I used to love the magazine section of the big book stores too — how illicit it felt to browse through them without buying..
Anyway, thanks for sharing.