I am an avid reader and collector of books. I find that a well written book provides more value to me than trawling across the internet looking for “free” information.
A quote from Robert Kiyosaki regarding financial advice:
The most expensive advice is free advice.
The reason being, free advice can often be misleading or plain wrong. Similarly there are a lot of programmers out there who defend their own ideals by giving out bad advice. Oof!
On the other hand, books are reviewed by peers, edited and reworded many times, and I find them to be an invaluable source of insight.
Sure, a lot of information is freely available across the world wide web. But there is something efficient about having all the knowledge in a single place.
At the end of the day, I’m not sure I would trust somebody that doesn’t believe in good old fashioned book-based research, or someone that does not have a substantial library of software books of their own. 🙂