I am a Librarian. And I have not bought a book in over 10 months. I almost feel like I’m confessing something here.
When I travel, my entire carry-on used to hold books. And I usually bought more while I was on the trip. But, I bought an eBook Reader (a Nook) over a year ago. I started taking it instead of the little suitcase. My husband was so happy! (He usually ended up pulling my little suitcase of books at some point on each trip)
This Xmas, I got an iPad. Even better. Now I don’t carry my Netbook or any books. (I lie. I carry one paperback for those moments on the airplane when they say “Turn off all electronic devices.” So annoying.)
At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in January, there were free books available on the conference floor. I could have picked up several. Lots. I always have before. I didn’t pick up any. I would have had to carry them. It just wasn’t worth it.