Mandy Brown exquisitely compares reading books to both reading feeds online and cooking bread. Her final paragraph sums up her post nicely.
"In our own time, I wonder if the very slowness of books makes them more valuable in the face of all the quickness around us, if their singular nature will prove to be their saving grace. And if so, can that inspire the design of a reading experience on the web that strives for the same lack of haste? Can we envision a future where leisure has its place?"
You really should consider reading the entire entry. Grab a cup of coffee, or maybe start some dough for bread, and enjoy.
Editor's note: I don't know Mandy Brown but her blog is definitely in the top three well-written blogs that I subscribe to. Every post is excellent. Her blog will, more than likely, make my Best of 2009 ((See my Best of 2008 list.)) list.