Take movies, for example. A full price movie ticket is around $10 these days. Throw in a drink and some popcorn, and you've shelled out about $20 per person to see the latest blockbuster. That buys you 2 hours of entertainment in a dark, air-conditioned environment (nothing to sneeze at during a Texas summer). For about the same price (or a few dollars more) you could purchase a new hardcover release, which will buy you several hours of entertainment, depending on how quickly you read. As an added bonus, you can go back and re-read it again and again without having to pay. There's something to be said for that.
Now, I appreciate books are expensive and there is a legitimate issue regarding the price of e-books and whatnot. But when you think about how far your dollar goes, enjoyment-wise, I think books win every time. Maybe that's just me.
And so I have a question for you, dear readers. Do you buy hardcover releases? My finances can't support my book habit, so I only have a few authors on my hardcover 'ohgoditsanewbookImusthaveitNOW!' list, which helps keep things manageable. How many hardcovers (or new e-book releases) do you buy in a given month? Do you prefer paperbacks (or when the e-book price drops), or are you willing to pay a little extra to get the book right away?
Inquiring minds want to know...