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The way it was explained to me, vinyl has a groove carved into it that mirrors the original sound's waveform. It's analog and comes out of the sound equipment as analog. CDs, DVDs and MP3 captures bits of the analog waveform--so many bits per second--and records it as digital and then converts it back to analog for the sound equipment. Lots of depth and subtle shifts get lost in the process.Ironically, serious music lovers have always thought that analog equipment (both recording & playback) are superior to digital. I always assumed that the music recording technology was improving, also, but learned a while ago that the quality of an MP3 is good if you listen to one type of music: pop. But if you listen to complex jazz or classical, the quality deteriorates. CDs are way better than MP3s, but still lack the depth that vinyl has.
I feel the same way about digital books. Only the words get converted, the texture and heft of the book is gone. The ability to flip back and forth between pages or have it automatically open to your favorite section is part of the experience with a printed book. The font and cover and smell of warm paper on a sunny day--all part of the experience. Digital books are useful tools, printed books are joy.