I've always wanted to have books with me, used to have one or another ratty paperback in my purse. In the mid 90's I discovered fanfic. Hated reading off of the computer monitor for medium to long stories, and it was too expensive to print them out.
When I got my first monochrome Palm Pilot, and found software that let me put fanfic on it, I was in hog heaven. Then I went searching for other fiction, and grabbed what I could.
I've been carrying a library with me ever since, in one way or another.