I love my Nook. Without a doubt, I read more ebooks than physical books now. I'm thrilled that books are reaching a wider audience, and that the written word has different formats that appeal to different reading styles.
But there's something about a book in my hands and on my shelves. I found this video at FUTUReBOOK and it completely delighted me.
It's incredible. I can't imagine the time it took to make that video.
I don't know what's going to become of the industry, but I do feel strongly that paper books aren't going to go away. When photography changed the world, it didn't stop people from wanting artwork; nor did movies put an end to live theater, or records stop people from going to concerts.
Some people may never watch a play, or hang a piece of artwork or listen to live music, and yes, some people may never buy physical books, but there are rather a lot of us who like that sort of thing.
I couldn't be happier with my ereader, but my home would feel colder, and sadder, and lacking, without books lining my shelves.
For the record, I dislike the term "real books" even though I accidentally use it sometimes. Ebooks are just as real as paper books. And lastly, I'll share with you the absurd vision I have now, of paper books, strolling through a shady park while their impish ereader children race around like they've had too much sugar. I don't know what to make of that thought. So silly!