I do both. But it's purely a question of availability. I would guess that the split is about half-and-half. A lot of my reading is books obtained from the library network, often via interlibrary loan, as physical volumes. Many are old titles that are not available in Kindle format.
I don't think I am likely to be buying very many new physical volumes. (On the contrary: I am shedding physical volumes if they are pre-1923 and obtainable from Project Gutenberg, on the assumption that I will be able to get them for free forever, and that there will always be some eBook device to make them comfortably readable).
I do not find reading on a Kindle (Fire) to be any less immersive or pleasurable than reading a physical book. I don't find the physical feel or appearance or smell of a book to be terribly important. There's a certain kick out of reading a first edition of a book, i.e. a copy of Typee that was published in Melville's lifetime, but I was usually reading modern editions anyway. I mean, if you're going to grouch about things, offset just ain't the same as letterpress, and paying hardbound prices and getting a glued binding is a rip-off, and proofreading nowadays, it's a scandal, I tell you, a scandal...
Indeed, with my aging eyes, "every book is a large-print book" is already nice and will get nicer with time. I find it extremely annoying that about 1/3 of all books from major publishers will not allow me to choose the typeface, I find it puzzling that type size selections are discontinuous (I always seem to want something in between their widely-spaced choices), but I don't mind reading a slightly-bigger-than-wanted typeface.
Pictures, diagrams, and maps are generally a disaster area and I don't understand why. There doesn't seem to be one publisher in ten that knows how to put a high-resolution image into a Kindle book. And an amazing percentage of the time, they are sideways!
Although I'm reasonably confident that Amazon itself will survive and that they will continue to provide no-cost reading software for non-Kindle devices, I do worry about the DRM.
Let's see. I am currently reading, simultaneous, two thrillers: the new William Lashner, The Accounting, on my Kindle, and an old Manning Coles, "Green Hazard," as a physical book, from the library, printed in 1946. The last book purchase was a physical book, Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, in preparation for a visit from my grandson.
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