Why I like to own my books

It appears that Microsoft is giving up on the electronic book business. As part of that, they tell their customers: “Unfortunately, this means that starting July 2019 your ebooks will no longer be available to read, but you'll get a full refund for all book purchases.” Nice.

I buy a lot of books, but I refuse to buy books that can simply evaporate on me like this. So I still buy a lot of actual dead-trees books (I find I prefer them anyway); if I get something electronic, I make sure that, one way or another, it's not something that will be taken away from me in the future. I honestly don't understand why people tolerate the idea of a world where vast numbers of books can simply vanish at a corporation's whim.

But, then, I guess I'm weird.