A few months ago I was invited to speak at a panel discussion about the future of the book at Vienna’s biggest public library. Usually take the role of an advocate for new media, however, at this event I found myself in the position of arguing for the superior technology of the book, as opposed to various e-readers and ipads. This very funny video explains it well. (Also with German subtitles here: Kennen Sie BOOK?.)
Unless e-books will become substantially cheaper than paper books, I most likely will prefer to buy paper books. These I will be able to re-read in ten or twenty years without a hitch and/or will be able to pass them on to other readers, at any time in the future.