I’ve Lost My Love of Bookstores

I made a sad realization today. My husband and I went to Powell’s World of Books in Portland today and as amazing as it was, I kept thinking, “I can buy this on Kindle.” As bad as I feel, I just can’t bring myself to buy a physical book? The space we save with digital media is substantial and the convenience makes carting around physical books a little ridiculous. Plus, why stand in line when I can order the book in the comfort of my own home. Even as I type this, however, I feel guilty. I feel like I’m contributing to the loss of culture. I used to spend substantial time coming through the aisles  of a Barnes and Noble or a Borders. Whether this change is ultimately positive or not, I don’t know, but right now, I just can’t justify buying the physical book, and that makes me sad.