Barnes & Noble CEO not much into physical books anymore

The head honcho of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain admits that old-fashioned books made out of paper aren't really his thing these days.

William Lynch with Nook Color
Lynch holds up a Nook, his favorite way to read a book. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has a big hand in shaping the sales of books, both physical and digital. He also has a confession to make.

"I don't really read physical books that much anymore," Lynch told Bloomberg's Nicole Lapin. Lynch was dishing on what he's reading on his Nook right now, including Food & Wine and Field & Stream magazines. Fortunately for physical books, Lynch's wife is still a big fan of paper.

The migration away from physical media isn't new, but it still feels a bit strange to hear the CEO of a massive physical bookstore chain fess up about his preference for e-books. He also admitted to not being able to finish "Fifty Shades of Grey," for what that's worth.

I'm on the fence about all this. I love the feel of a real book in my hands. I like the heft and the ability to loan it to someone else. I've dabbled in Kindle apps but just recently indulged in reading all of "A Storm of Swords" on my old Droid X.

I will confess to loving the convenience of having a book at my fingertips rather than carrying around a chunky paperback. Have you forsaken all physical books or will Kindle and Nook have to pry the crinkled, dog-eared copies of "The Lord of the Rings" series out of your cold, dead hands?

(Via The Atlantic Wire)

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