Yes, e-books are nice; they're cheaper and you can download them instantly, you can fit a whole library inside a Kindle, you can read when the lights are out, and you can watch videos and surf the internet on a Kindle. You can't do any of that with an actual book.
But I like books better. Here's why:
You can write in books That might seem a bit sacrilegious, but jotting down your thoughts in the margins helps you remember your early impressions when re-reading the book later, and underlining passages helps you find them again. To be honest, I only do this on paperbacks that I got for free, but I do write my name on the flyleaves of all my books--if you ever decide to lend one, it makes you more likely to get it back.
You can censor it I've had to black out passages in some books with a marker. Not ideal, but it makes the book safer to have around.
You can burn them, throw them across the room, or hit someone with them And if you don't like the book, believe me, those are excellent ways to relieve frustration.
You can hide notes, maps, codes, and diagrams inside them
What else are you going to do with your bookmark collection?
You can re-sell a book
The best way to learn about someone is to look at his bookshelves I'm not nosy, but if you leave me alone in a room I will look at your books. And if you happen to have one that I've read, you will not be able to escape a conversation about it.
When left lying on end tables books afford topics for otherwise flagging conversation
They make great decorations Especially if they're beautiful, old books.
You won’t waste time playing games on books (unless it’s tic-tac-toe)
They have a nice smell, especially when old
But best of all...
You can collect them!!